About this Research Topic
More than half of the world's population currently lives in urban or semi-urban areas. As a result of urban contexts becoming larger and denser, there is an increased pressure on the environment. This situation, coupled with the increase of extreme events associated with climate change, is the main source of the so-called “urban runoff”. Urban runoff, comprising stormwater and snowmelt in regions with seasonal snow, is widely recognized as a major transport vector of pollutants released in the urban environment.
In view of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030, the mitigation of the urban runoff effects and the increase in the population adaptation must be taken into account in the concepts of sustainability, resilience and regeneration. The aim is to advance knowledge of these phenomena and to adopt suitable technologies to manage the deriving adverse effects. It is necessary to define new strategies to model, manage, and treat urban runoff, as well as to increase the adaptation-mitigation of population living in cities to climate change.
The aim of this Research Topic is not only to cover comprehensive analysis of the proposed argument, but also to deal with recent, promising, and novel research approaches. Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
• Source of urban runoff pollutants (as for example atmospheric deposition, anthropogenic activities, drainage, etc..)
• Emerging pollutants and micropollutants
• Chemical treatment, decontamination, and management of urban runoff pollutant
• Urban runoff and related SDGs
• Effects of runoff pollution
• Source controls, i.e. pollution prevention
• Factors affecting the transport and release of urban runoff pollutants
• Controlling impacts from existing developments
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