Special Issue "GIS Diagnosis of Environmental Planning, Land Transformation and Natural Hazards"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2020).

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

GIS analysis has become an essential instrument to develop environmental and urban planning or to evaluate the impact of human anthropization in the territory in recent years. The sustainable use of territorial resources, the impact of infrastructures and urban growth, and coastal anthropization detection are just a few examples of topical issues that have experienced rather important transformations in their fields of research at the level of numerical diagnosis, analysis, evaluation, planning, and management, thanks to the major development of GIS tools. This Special Issue seeks contributions involving innovative approaches or relevant case studies regarding land transformation analysis, territorial sustainability, integrated coastal management, environmental impact assessment, natural hazard risk mitigation, etc. through the use of GIS tools. Innovative methodologies, frameworks or significant results from relevant case studies related to all these topics are welcome, but similar ones may also be considered for publication if they fit within the scope of this Special Issue.

Dr. Salvador García-Ayllón Veintimilla
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Territorial sustainability
  • Land transformation analysis
  • Environmental planning of protected areas
  • Urban growth impact
  • Coastal anthropization
  • Natural hazard risk mitigation
  • GIS tool applications

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Proposal of a System for Assessment of the Sustainability of Municipalities (Sasmu) Included in the Spanish Network of National Parks and Their Surroundings
Geosciences 2020, 10(8), 298; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/geosciences10080298 - 05 Aug 2020
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It is usually considered that Protected Areas (PAs) are an efficient tool for policies to conserve biodiversity. However, there is evidence that some pressures and threats arise from processes taking place both inside them and in their surroundings territories—habitat loss, changes in land [...] Read more.
It is usually considered that Protected Areas (PAs) are an efficient tool for policies to conserve biodiversity. However, there is evidence that some pressures and threats arise from processes taking place both inside them and in their surroundings territories—habitat loss, changes in land use, fragmentation of natural ecosystems. In this paper, we aim to test the hypothesis that municipalities located in the Socioeconomic Influence Zones (SIZs) of the fifteen National Parks (NPs) in Spain are more sustainable than those in their surroundings or, conversely, that the municipalities of their surroundings are more unsustainable. To measure their sustainability, we propose a system for assessment using fifteen indicators selected by experts. The methodology is based on the normalization of the data of each indicator, comparing them with a desirable target value defined in terms of sector policies and strategies. We then aggregate the indicators for each group in three indices that cover the classic dimensions of sustainability—environmental, economic and social. On a network scale, the results show that municipalities inside the SIZs are 1.594 points more sustainable environmentally, 0.108 economically and 0.068 socially than those of their surroundings. A system for assessment of the sustainability of municipalities (SASMU) may be a useful tool for NP managers, and for local and regional administrations, when setting priorities for policies, projects and compensation for regulatory restrictions related to NPs. Full article
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