Special Issue "Case Studies of Green Infrastructure Adoption"

Water (ISSN 2073-4441; IF 3.103; CiteScore 3.7)

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Special Issue "Case Studies of Green Infrastructure Adoption"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.


Special Issue Editor

Dr. Laurent Ahiablame

Hydrologist, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA


Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As documented with years of research and science-based information, urban development without sound stormwater management strategies often results in drastic alterations of natural hydrological processes. Alternative stormwater management techniques have gained worldwide popularity as an approach to minimize the unintended effects of urban expansion while mimicking a site’s pre-development hydrology. Began as an alternative to traditional stormwater management, the concept is known as low impact development (LID) in the United States and Canada, sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) in the United Kingdom, water sensitive urban design (WSUD) in Australia, and The Sponge City Program in China; all with the same underlying principle – protect, restore, or mimic the natural water cycle. Alternative stormwater management practices aim at integrating ecological and environmental considerations into all phases of urban planning, design, and construction.

In recent years, the term “green infrastructure” (GI) has increasingly been used to encompass alternative stormwater management techniques, striving to harness Mother Nature for providing critical ecosystem services to communities living in urban areas and to safeguard environmental quality. While LID refers to site-level stormwater control measures, GI generally refers to a coordinated effort to utilize these distributed practices for reproducing pre-development hydrology. Green infrastructure is a movement, a big picture viewpoint of a community or watershed planning and design for LID implementation. The large-scale adoption of LID techniques is currently not widely documented in the literature. For this Special Issue, we invite submissions that present case studies to showcase LID implementation at large scales. Studies that utilize field monitoring, computational modeling, and inter-disciplinary approaches as well as reviews of case studies, are welcome. We also encourage submission of papers with negative results to generate discussions and ideas for further research.

Dr. Laurent Ahiablame

Guest Editor


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