Special Issue "Nature-Based Solutions for Water Management from Pilot to Standard"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021).
Interests: Environment; Water Quality; Spatial Analysis; Environmental Pollution; Water Resources Management; Hydrological Modeling; Rivers; Hydraulics; Hydrologic and Water Resource Modeling and Simulation; Water Balance
Interests: urban greening and the water-energy nexus; hydraulic turbines; fish friendly solutions; fish passages; low head hydropower
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Interests: sustainable agriculture
Nature-based solutions (NBS) are broadly called upon to address water management problems ranging from flood protection to pollution, in a context made more challenging by climate change, population growth and urban land take. Many NBS are now broadly accepted as state of the art. However, they are still less commonly adopted than traditional “grey” engineering solutions, and are still regarded as “pilots” rather than standard design options. Reasons for this must be searched for, among others, in a lack of know-how, lesser predictability of the performances, higher space requirements compared to compact technological solutions, etc. Yet, the co-benefits of NBS in terms of supporting biodiversity and human well-being should be in principle a convincing reason for their adoption whenever possible.
This Special Issue focuses on the analysis of drivers and enablers of NBS uptake in mainstream water management. It aims at showing the business case for a broad adoption of NBS in water management because of their cost-effectiveness and multi-functionality. We look particularly at NBS for wastewater and sludge treatment, urban drainage, water harvesting and diffuse pollution mitigation. Concerning the latter, we are interested both in “end-of-pipe” solutions addressing the removal of pollutants (e.g. buffer strips), and in “at-source” solutions (e.g. enhance nitrogen fixation to reduce fertilizer input).
The Special Issue welcomes submissions presenting case studies and regional assessments of opportunities for, and limitations to the implementation of NBS. We would like contributions to highlight the factors that may prove critical in the decision to adopt NBS as an alternative or as a complement to grey infrastructure.
Dr. Alberto Pistocchi
Dr. Emanuele Quaranta
Dr. Maria Luisa Paracchini
Dr. Grazia Zulian
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- water management
- nature-based solutions
- urban greening
- agricultural buffer strips
- nitrogen fixation
- constructed wetlands
- adaptation to climate change