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Special Issue "Permeable Pavements and Their Role in Sustainable Urban Development"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2017)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Terry Lucke

Stormwater Research Group (SWRG), School of Science and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast, Building H1.Room 2.48, QLD 4558 Australia
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Phone: +61 7 5456 5185

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Permeable (or porous) pavements have been in commercial use now for around three decades globally, and they are often used as an alternative to conventional hard impervious surfaces, such as roads, car parks, footpaths, and pedestrian areas. They are generally implemented as part of an overall water management strategy, such as Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) in Europe, Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in Australia, or Low Impact Development (LID) in the USA. Permeable pavements have considerably different design objectives and requirements than conventional pavements. Their use can result in numerous stormwater management and environmental benefits including reducing peak runoff volumes and velocities from paved areas, reducing downstream pollution loads, improving infiltration and water table recharge and providing more potential stormwater harvesting and reuse options. While the use of permeable pavements has markedly increased in recent years, there are still some significant barriers to their more widespread adoption.  This Special Issue will focus on the role of permeable pavements in sustainable urban development. Potential research areas include:

  • design advances

  • infiltration performance improvements

  • maintenance issues

  • potential for water reuse

  • governance and regulatory issues

  • pollution removal and water quality improvement

  • stormwater management strategies and opportunities.

I would therefore like to call for original papers to disseminate and share research findings on the role of permeable pavements in sustainable urban development. Papers will be selected by a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, development and application.

Assoc. Prof. Terry Lucke
Guest Editor

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  • Stormwater pollution

  • Infiltration performance

  • Water quality improvement

  • Maintenance options

  • Water reuse opportunities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Evaluation of the impact of seasonal variability and design on green infrastructure performance and modeling

Author: David G Chandler <dgchandl@syr.edu>

Affiliation: Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University

Abstract: Increased adoption of green infrastructure practices for stormwater management demands attention to design related performance factors under a range of climate conditions. A comparative study of the performance for different green infrastructure installations was conducted in Syracuse New York. Runoff reduction was predominantly determined by season and type of green infrastructure. The ratio of green infrastructure area to contributing area and surface retention area to contributing area are found to be key design factors. The design of the inlet and texture of the granular media in the storage volume also affect total stormwater capture and rate of loss from storage. The empirical findings of discharge for various types of green infrastructure are not well represented by EPA Stormwater calculator (SWC) indicating the need for monitoring programs to support models of runoff reduction at individual sites.
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