Special Issue "Sustainable Smart Cities and Measuring Climate Change Impacts"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Air, Climate Change and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Alessandro Lambertini
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Guest Editor
DICAM—Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: GIS; remote sensing; UAV; smart cities; cultural heritage; measuring climate change impacts; open data

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The most crowded cities experience a great impact for climate change due to their dense populations. The current projected urbanization rates and population growth will increase the challenges of smart cities. At the same time, the impact of climate change is also more severe for densely populated urban areas. We are facing a rising number of extreme weather events in urban areas and resultant heat waves, wildfires, flooding and other phenomena, which affect the environment and the population. Urgent action is required, but may be ineffective due to a lack of updated and precise measurement of the impact of climate change on the local level. There is a need for innovative methods, accurate and open data for monitoring and measuring those phenomena to increase urban resilience.

This Special Issue is intended as an interdisciplinary collection of research papers and applications of original concepts developed to support sustainable smart cities and their ability to respond to the challenges of climate change.

The main topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • 3D city models for risk assessment and mitigation in urban areas;
  • Analysis of environmental big data and open data;
  • Data fusion and integration for land cover change detection;
  • Disaster risk management cycle for smart cities;
  • Earth observation for climate change impact;
  • Extreme events in urban areas such as heat waves and floods;
  • Geographic information systems and spatiotemporal data analysis;
  • Geospatial databases for sustainable smart cities;
  • Real-time smart monitoring with UAVs;
  • Remote sensing technologies for urban areas: LiDAR, SAR, multispectral and thermal sensors;
  • Studies concerning urban heat islands;
  • Volunteered geographic information for urban crowdmapping.

Dr. Alessandro Lambertini
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • big data analysis
  • climate change impact
  • crowdmapping
  • disaster risk management
  • geospatial artificial intelligence
  • GIS
  • open data
  • remote sensing
  • risk assessment and mitigation
  • smart city
  • spatiotemporal data analysis
  • sustainable development goals
  • UAV
  • urban heat island
  • urban resiliency
  • volunteered geographic information

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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