Special Issue "Linking Climate, Environment, and Society for Sustainable Urban Development"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Giuliano Poli
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Guest Editor
Department of Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy
Interests: integrated evaluation models; spatial multi-criteria decision analysis; GIS based modelling; ecosystem services assessment; decision support systems
Dr. Daniele Cannatella
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Guest Editor
Department of Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, 2628 CD Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: complex adaptive systems theory; regional design; landscape-based adaptation and mitigation; GIS based modelling and mapping
Dr. Sabrina Sposito
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Guest Editor
PhD in Urban Design and Planning accomplished in the Department of Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy
Interests: urban resilience and circular urban metabolism; hydro-based scenarios; urban-rural settings; culture-led urban regeneration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change has been strongly characterising the Holocene since the beginning of the pre-industrial era in terms of pressures and impacts stressing life support systems and affecting territories and society. Cities have a mutual relationship with climate, as they influence the latter, and in turn, need to cope with the increasing unpredictability and uncertainty arising from the alteration of climate patterns. A broad spectrum of approaches focusing on climate change provides decision-makers, academics, practitioners, and citizens with data, information, models, integrated evaluation frameworks, and holistic solutions to support sustainable urban development.

However, climate-compatible policies and territorial governance, integrated design strategies, and local practices aiming to enhance awareness of sustainable development and promote climate-resilient pathways still struggle to build upon the understanding of the complex interaction among climate, environment, and society to operationalise the vast amount of current climate knowledge.

Concurrently, adaptation and mitigation solutions, for their being context-specific and time-dependent, still find difficulties in being systematically evaluated, adopted, and replicated in adaptive decision-making addressing broader societal objectives.

We are pleased to invite you to send us contributions that address interlinkages among climate, biophysical environment, and society in pursuing sustainable urban development. Contributions can address emerging trends, provide innovative conceptual and methodological cross-disciplinary approaches for evaluating, designing, and planning strategies, and challenge current assumptions in thinking about climate change, climate knowledge, and sustainable urban development.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome.


Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

Data-driven approaches to investigate interactions between climate knowledge, urban systems, and landscape;

Resilient responses targeting natural hazards and environmental, social, and economic change;

Local approaches to adaptive climate management, bottom-up practices of urban regeneration, and valorisation of territorial assets and heritage to cope with climate change;

Territorial governance for climate-adaptive decision-making;

Decision support systems, GIS-based modelling, and multi-criteria decision analysis to assess climate change scenarios and/or adaptation pathways;

Ecosystem services assessment and management.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Giuliano Poli
Dr. Daniele Cannatella
Dr. Sabrina Sposito
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • adaptation strategies
  • climate knowledge
  • climate resilience
  • decision support systems (DSS)
  • GIS-based modelling and mapping
  • integrated evaluation
  • mitigation
  • multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA)
  • territorial governance
  • sustainable urban development

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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