Smart systems for land monitoring, analysis, management and planning


Daniele Torreggiani

University of Bologna, Italy

Maria Nicolina Ripa

Tuscia University, Italy


Smart systems powered by GIS and geospatial technologies (remote and proximal sensing, positioning systems, ICT and IOT, etc.) are increasingly used for an efficient monitoring, analysis, management, regeneration and planning of rural and periurban areas and green systems. Studies covering such topics contribute to support land management, from the definition of plans and policies, to the monitoring of their impacts.


The special session welcomes contributions focusing on theoretical or methodological issues, case study applications, and novel approaches, addressing smart systems, survey, sensing, analysis and modeling applied to many topics, including, but not limited to:

  • rural heritage study and management;
  • ecosystem service inventory and assessment;
  • land-use and landscape features and structure analysis;
  • rural structures and infrastructure analysis and management;
  • land suitability assessment;
  • rural land management and planning;
  • urban green systems management;
  • multidisciplinary subjects cross-cutting more topics.


Daniele Torreggiani. Associate professor at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences of the University of Bologna in the agricultural and biosystems engineering sector. Research interests: resilience and sustainability of territorial and green systems, GIS, smart farming and precision livestock farming, innovative lighting systems in protected crops, smart agro-industrial buildings design. Project responsibility for Unibo for PRIMA project SIMTAP ( and Climate KIC project AELCLIC ( Team member of the projects: H2020 Res4Live ( and LEAP-RE (, PRIN ‘Smart dairy farming’ ( Guest editor of the Sustainability SI “Landscape Analysis, Planning and Regional Development". Member of the Scientific Committee of the PhD in Agricultural Engineering. Author of several papers in international journals. Coordinator of the “Sciences and technologies for green and landscape” degree. Member of the Executive Board of UNISCAPE.

Maria Nicolina Ripa. Full Professor at the Department of Agriculture and Forestry Science at the University of Tuscia of Viterbo.
The research activity is mainly addressed to spatial and landscape analysis and planning, according to the principles of Landscape Ecology, ecosystem/landscape services assessment, land use/land cover change analysis and evaluation of biodiversity loss, evaluation of the environmental impacts of agricultural activities, analysis and control of diffuse sources of pollution from agriculture, definition of Best Management Practices (BMP) for the protection of rural land, definition of Nature Based Solution (NBS) for urban water management and microclimate control, planning of protected areas. Guest Editor of the SI Urban Sprawl and Sustainability of the journal Sustainability. Coordinator of the “Forest and nature sciences” Bachelor’s degree. Maria Nicolina Ripa is author of several papers, on national and international journals

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