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International Journal of Digital Earth

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Big Earth Data in Support of SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Manuscript deadline
29 February 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Zhongchang Sun, International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS)
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Prof. Qingrui Yue, Research Institute of Urbanization and Urban Safety, University of Science and Technology Beijing
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Prof. Dr. Dengsheng Lu, School of Geographical Sciences, Fujian Normal University
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Prof. Dr. Wenhui Kuang, Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Big Earth Data in Support of SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Rapid urbanisation worldwide and climate change bring various challenges for urban development, including social inequality, unbalanced economic development and inadequate environmental protection. The Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for "making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable". The New Urban Agenda (NUA) aims to create conditions for a fundamental transformation of sustainable urban development patterns and implement SDG 11 indicator monitoring and evaluation.

Comprehensive and synthesized studies with multiple sourced data in urban environment, society, and sustainability are urgently needed. Comparing with the traditionally statistical techniques, new approaches involving the big earth data show great advantages in acquiring data for urban sustainability studies. Big earth data including geo-spatial data and remotely sensed data provide critical data sources for studying and improving coupled environmental, social, and economic systems to achieve urban sustainability. Therefore, big earth data has played important roles in monitoring urban infrastructure, disaster, air pollution, heat island effect and others, providing data products, algorithms and models for urban sustainable development research. This Special Issue encourages submissions associated with the urban sustainability theories, data products, algorithms and models, indicator monitoring and evaluation, as well as comprehensive assessment of SDG 11. The potential topics include but are not limited to:

1) Urban sustainability theories, including urban monitoring indicator theory framework system, the trade-offs and synergies of SDG 11, and so on.

2) Algorithms and models for monitoring SDG 11 indicator, such as affordable urban living, urban transportation, urban land use efficiency, disaster, environmental pollution, and open public spaces.

3) Data products related to SDG 11 indicators.

4) SDG 11 Indicator process monitoring and evaluation.

5) Comprehensive assessment of SDG 11 under SDG and NUA framework.

Submission Instructions

The International Journal of Digital Earth is an Open Access and international peer-reviewed academic journal (SCIE with a 2021 impact factor 4.606) focusing on the theories, technologies, applications, and societal implications of Digital Earth and those visionary concepts that will enable a modeled virtual world.

Submissions must follow the instructions to authors outlined on the Taylor & Francis author guidelines page for International Journal of Digital Earth. Word templates are available on the web site and papers are typically 5000‐8000 words in length.

Papers should be submitted online at the International Journal of Digital Earth's Manuscript Central Site. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Please indicate the paper is submitted to Special Issue on “Big Earth Data in Support of SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities” in the cover letter.

We look forward to your contributions. Please do not hesitate to contact the Guest Editors with any questions.

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