Special Issue "Green Technologies for Sustainable Urban Land and Air Remediation"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vimal Chandra Pandey
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Department of Environmental Science, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow 226025, Uttar Pradesh, India
Interests: phytoremediation of heavy metals; phytorestoration/revegetation of waste dumpsites (fly ash, mine spoil, red mud etc.); restoring degraded land for biodiversity; bioproducts and bioeconomy; saleable products from heavy-metal-polluted sites; fostering bioremediation for utilizing polluted lands
Dr. Gordana Gajić
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Department of Ecology, Institute for Biological Research "Sinisa Stankovic", National Institute of Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Interests: ecotoxicology; antioxidants; environmental management; phytoremediation; plant physiology and biochemistry; plant response to heavy metals; plant stress tolerance; urban ecology
Dr. Valeria Ancona
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Istituto di Ricerca Sulle Acque, IRSA—Water Research Institute, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR—National Research Council, 70132 Bari, Italy
Interests: bioremediation; phytoremediation; soil contamination and remediation; waste water treatment; air pollution monitoring
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Dr. Manhattan Lebrun
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INRAE, AgroParisTech, UMR ECOSYS, Université Paris-Saclay, 78850 Thiverval-Grignon, France
Interests: soil pollution; plant and root development; biogeochemical and microbiological processes; plant metal(loid)s accumulation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The world’s urban areas are facing environmental challenges, such as air and soil pollution and public health. Today, urbanization is intensifying and cities are taking lead in climate change (high temperatures, extreme heat waves, increase in greenhouse gases, etc.). In the urban environment, planned, marginal, and vacant urban land is characterized by high concentrations of heavy metals and metalloids (As, B, Cd, Cr, Cu, Hg, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn, etc.), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), whereas air pollution is the largest health burden. Urban air pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon oxide (CO), ozone (O3), particulate matters (PMs), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), mainly come from traffic emissions. Urban land can range from industrial facilities to traffic areas (street canyons, plazas, parking areas, residential quarters, parks, and gardens). Therefore, urban vegetation has great potential in soil and air remediation reducing pollutant concentrations. Furthermore, urban greening offers a range of nature benefits that can make a portfolio of ecosystem services, such as aesthetic benefits, heat wave mitigation and cooling, rainfall capture, noise abatement, carbon storage and sequestration, erosion prevention, biodiversity provision, recreation, etc. Planting a healthy urban environment includes different forms of green infrastructures, such as tree alley, street hedgerows, green roof vegetation, living walls, vegetation barriers, etc. Evaluation of pollutant uptake, accumulation, and sequestration mechanisms in plants, and identification of physiological and biochemical characteristics, may add clarity to our understanding of plant resilience to environmental stress. Therefore, healing the urban environment involves the process of green cleaning of urban land and air leading to sustainable future hub cities.

For this Special Issue, we invite researchers to submit original articles or reviews addressing field observation in urban soil/air pollution, laboratory experiments, modeling and analysis, new  instrumentation, green technologies for sustainable urban land and air remediation, and ecophysiological plant response to contamination. This Special Issue calls for papers that cover biogeochemical cycles of metal(loid)s and organic pollutants, dust emission, transport and deposition, and their health impacts, as well as plant adaptation response to contaminants.  

Editors welcome articles that will include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Sources, mobility, bioaccessibility, dispersion, and fate pollutants in urban soils and air;
  • Accumulation of pollutants in plants growing in an urban environment;
  • Leaf tapping and retention of particulate matters;
  • Quantification of carbon stocks in urban soils;
  • Phytoremediation capacity of plants;
  • Evaluation of air pollution tolerance index;
  • Plant morphological, physiological, biochemical, and molecular response to urban pollution;
  • Interaction of pollutants and climatic factors to plant growth and physiology in urban environments.

Dr. Vimal Chandra Pandey
Dr. Gordana Gajić
Dr. Valeria Ancona
Dr. Manhattan Lebrun
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • urban environments
  • climate change
  • metal(loid)s
  • organic pollutants
  • dust
  • traffic emission
  • urban vegetation
  • leaf trapping
  • phytoremediation
  • health impacts
  • carbon storage
  • air pollution mitigation
  • green technologies
  • plant physiology and biochemistry
  • plant adaptation to urban pollution

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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