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The Role of Urban Analytics in Urban Environmental Sustainability

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Cities are inhabited by the majority of the world’s population and face a range of environmental and sustainable development challenges. These include air and water pollution, extreme heat events, high energy consumption, and so on. To tackle these challenges and achieve sustainable development, we need a comprehensive understanding of not just our cities but the interactions between humans and their environments.

The abundant urban data, new analytics, increasing computing power, and availability of open-source software offer us new ways to understand the urban socio-environment system. Not only can urban planners examine cities and their impacts on humans on a finer level, but also intervene and tackle environmental challenges to create healthier and more sustainable environments. Increasing computer power makes large-scale socio-environmental analyses possible in urban landscapes, while open-source software allows us to quantitatively analyze the interactions between humans and environments. Such technology and data therefore permits researchers and urban planners to better understand the socio-environment system in urban landscapes, and to create healthier, more sustainable, and liveable cities.

This Research Topic invites researchers in the fields of urban analytics, urban big data, urban sensing, geospatial data science, and urban ecology to provide new insights for urban studies. Authors are invited to focus on the following topics:
• Urban Environmental Informatics
• Urban Data Science for Policy-making
• Urban Sensing for urban environments
• Geovisualization and Spatial-Temporal Representation
• Urban Analytics and urban environmental planning
• Urban Ecology
• Urban Climate Resilience and Environment Justice
• Urban Air pollution and Public Health
• Urban Environment and Human Behavior


Keywords: Urban Analytics, Urban Environmental Sustainability, Urban Data, Computing Power, Open-Source Software, Urban Planning, Urban Socio-Environment System, Socio-Environmental Analyses, Urban Big Data, Urban Sensing, Geospatial Data Science, Urban Ecology


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Cities are inhabited by the majority of the world’s population and face a range of environmental and sustainable development challenges. These include air and water pollution, extreme heat events, high energy consumption, and so on. To tackle these challenges and achieve sustainable development, we need a comprehensive understanding of not just our cities but the interactions between humans and their environments.

The abundant urban data, new analytics, increasing computing power, and availability of open-source software offer us new ways to understand the urban socio-environment system. Not only can urban planners examine cities and their impacts on humans on a finer level, but also intervene and tackle environmental challenges to create healthier and more sustainable environments. Increasing computer power makes large-scale socio-environmental analyses possible in urban landscapes, while open-source software allows us to quantitatively analyze the interactions between humans and environments. Such technology and data therefore permits researchers and urban planners to better understand the socio-environment system in urban landscapes, and to create healthier, more sustainable, and liveable cities.

This Research Topic invites researchers in the fields of urban analytics, urban big data, urban sensing, geospatial data science, and urban ecology to provide new insights for urban studies. Authors are invited to focus on the following topics:
• Urban Environmental Informatics
• Urban Data Science for Policy-making
• Urban Sensing for urban environments
• Geovisualization and Spatial-Temporal Representation
• Urban Analytics and urban environmental planning
• Urban Ecology
• Urban Climate Resilience and Environment Justice
• Urban Air pollution and Public Health
• Urban Environment and Human Behavior


Keywords: Urban Analytics, Urban Environmental Sustainability, Urban Data, Computing Power, Open-Source Software, Urban Planning, Urban Socio-Environment System, Socio-Environmental Analyses, Urban Big Data, Urban Sensing, Geospatial Data Science, Urban Ecology


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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