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Abstract Submission Deadline 19 March 2023
Manuscript Submission Deadline 14 May 2023

The Sponge City is a new urban construction and management concept in China, and one of the important ways to promote urban transformation and development, which is consistent with the strategic goal of double carbon (peak CO2 emissions and carbon neutrality). From a temporal perspective, sponge cities will co-exist with carbon reduction actions in the long term. According to preliminary estimates, the total investment in the sponge city program is around RMB 10 trillion. Therefore, it is worth considering how the sponge city construction can be better integrated into the framework of carbon reduction actions.

The relationship between sponge cities and low-carbon development has not been thoroughly explored. The carbon emissions from the construction of sponge cities and the question of whether sponge cities contribute to the reduction of urban emissions require further study. Therefore, an analysis of carbon reductions from the construction of sponge cities can provide in-depth information, which may promote construction of sponge cities to improve a city's ability to adapt to climate change. The objective of this Research Topic is to introduce the best available science and technology into sponge city construction and to address the issues and challenges encountered in the coupled development of sponge city construction and carbon emission process, both at the landscape scale and in the management regime.

As a new paradigm for low-carbon eco-city development, the sponge city has enormous potential for carbon reduction. However, quantification techniques are still under-researched. There is an urgent demand for articles that better understand the carbon reduction potential of sponge cities, environmental trade-offs or co-benefits, long-term management and durability, economic viability, and other issues in sponge city construction.

This Research Topic calls for submissions that seek to increase accessibility (finance, geography, inclusivity) and robustness (reproducibility, verifiability, permanence) of hydrological and ecological sciences across temporal and spatial scales, landscape types, and management regimes. This collection provides an opportunity to bring the best available science to sponge cities, and test advances and challenges to support implementation and management strategies.

Keywords: Sponge city, Carbon emission, Urban drainage system, Low-carbon development, Energy


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.

The Sponge City is a new urban construction and management concept in China, and one of the important ways to promote urban transformation and development, which is consistent with the strategic goal of double carbon (peak CO2 emissions and carbon neutrality). From a temporal perspective, sponge cities will co-exist with carbon reduction actions in the long term. According to preliminary estimates, the total investment in the sponge city program is around RMB 10 trillion. Therefore, it is worth considering how the sponge city construction can be better integrated into the framework of carbon reduction actions.

The relationship between sponge cities and low-carbon development has not been thoroughly explored. The carbon emissions from the construction of sponge cities and the question of whether sponge cities contribute to the reduction of urban emissions require further study. Therefore, an analysis of carbon reductions from the construction of sponge cities can provide in-depth information, which may promote construction of sponge cities to improve a city's ability to adapt to climate change. The objective of this Research Topic is to introduce the best available science and technology into sponge city construction and to address the issues and challenges encountered in the coupled development of sponge city construction and carbon emission process, both at the landscape scale and in the management regime.

As a new paradigm for low-carbon eco-city development, the sponge city has enormous potential for carbon reduction. However, quantification techniques are still under-researched. There is an urgent demand for articles that better understand the carbon reduction potential of sponge cities, environmental trade-offs or co-benefits, long-term management and durability, economic viability, and other issues in sponge city construction.

This Research Topic calls for submissions that seek to increase accessibility (finance, geography, inclusivity) and robustness (reproducibility, verifiability, permanence) of hydrological and ecological sciences across temporal and spatial scales, landscape types, and management regimes. This collection provides an opportunity to bring the best available science to sponge cities, and test advances and challenges to support implementation and management strategies.

Keywords: Sponge city, Carbon emission, Urban drainage system, Low-carbon development, Energy


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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