Special Issue "Climate Adaptation: The Role of Geospatial Data in Sustainable Infrastructures"
A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.
Interests: spatial data infrastructure; NMCA business modeling; information management; e-governance; public sector innovation
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Interests: governance assesments; geospatial data governance; urban water transition; climate change adaptation; blue-green insfraestructure; rainwater catchment systems
Climate change adaptation requires strategic investments on infrastructure to deliver sustainable solutions. In this context, geospatial data can support the development of sustainable strategies to address climate change and to optimize interventions. In this sense, geospatial data can play a key to support strategic investments in terms of spatial planning, Smart Cities, infrastructure development, land administration, risk management (disaster), etc. Due to this key role, the initiatives on Infrastructure for Spatial Data Information in Europe (INSPIRE) of the European Commission as well as United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) of UN Department Statistics have established geospatial provisions to support community environmental policies and the Sustainable Development Goals. As geospatial data management is rather complex and very diverse, the construction of associated infrastructure is no longer seen as a technological activity only. It also includes the governance of a large number of organizations, tackling financial and legal implications. Therefore, besides the benefits of geospatial data, there are still important challenges in terms of access, sharing, reuse, quality and harmonization. Understanding the strategic role and challenges of geospatial data infrastructures, this special issue focuses on “The Role of Geospatial Data in Sustainable Infrastructure”. Topics of interest for this special issue include but are not limited to the governance, legal, financial issues of geospatial data and its role to implement both sustainable infrastructure and spatial data infrastructures as part of a climate adaptation strategy and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Practice-oriented papers and case studies are mainly encouraged. They can be in the following topics:
- Blue-green infrastructure
- Rainwater catchment systems
- Flood risk assessment
- Drought risk maps
- Smart cities
- Spatial planning
- Emergency management
- Geospatial information management
- Sustainable development
- geospatial data
- climate change adaptation
- blue-green infraestructure
- risk assessments
- sustainable development
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Hydrological web services for operational flood risk monitoring and forecasting at local scale in Niger
Authors: Tiziana De Filippis 1*, Leandro Rocchi 1, Giovanni Massazza 2, Alessandro Pezzoli 2, Maurizio Rosso 4, Mohamed Housseini Ibrahim 3 and Vieri Tarchiani 1
Affiliation: 1 Istituto per la BioEconomia – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IBE-CNR), Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019, Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy 2 Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico di Torino & Università di Torino, Viale Mattioli 39, 10125 Turin, Italy 3 Direction de l’Hydrologie (DH), Ministère de l’Hydraulique et de l’Assainissement du Niger, Niamey B.P. 257, Niger 4 Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI), Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin, Italy * Correspondence: [email protected]; Tel: +390555226044
Abstract: Emerging hydrological services provide stakeholders and political authorities with useful and reliable information to support the decision-making process and develop flood risk management strategies. Concerning data handling, most of these services adopt the paradigm of open data and standard web services paving the way to increase distributed hydrometeorological services’ interoperability. In this paper, we present the SLAPIS web-platform developed for the DH (Directorate for Hydrology of Niger) to tailor hydroclimatic information to the user’s needs, both in content and format. Building upon open-source software components and interoperable web services, we created a software framework covering data capture and storage, data flow management procedures from several data providers, real-time web publication, and service-based information dissemination. The geospatial infrastructure and web services respond to the actual and local decision-making context to improve the usability and usefulness of information derived from hydrometeorological forecasts, models and real-time observations. This paper presents the results of the two years operational campaign for flood early warning on the Sirba River in Niger. Semi-automatic flood warnings tailored and provided to end-users bridge the gap between available technology and local users’ needs for adaptation, mitigation and flood risk management and make progress toward the sustainable development goals.