Environmental Resilience and Transformation in times of COVID-19

Environmental Resilience and Transformation in times of COVID-19

Climate Change Effects on Environmental Functionality

1st Edition - May 18, 2021

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  • Editors: A.L. Ramanathan, Chidambaram Sabarathinam, M.P. Jonathan, M.V. Prasanna, Pankaj Kumar, Francisco Arriola
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323855129
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323858038

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Environmental Resilience and Transformation in Times of COVID-19: Climate Change Effects on Environmental Functionality is a timely reference to better understand environmental changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdowns. The book is organized into five themes: (1) environmental modifications, degradation, and human health risks; (2) water resources—planning, management, and governance; (3) air quality—monitoring, fate, transport, and drivers of socioenvironmental change; (4) marine and lacustrine environment; and (5) sustainable development goals and environmental justice. These themes provide an insight into the impact of COVID-19 on the environment and vice versa, which will help improve environmental management and planning, as well as influence future policies. Featuring many case studies from around the globe, this book offers a crucial examination of the intersectionality between climate, sustainability, the environment, and public health for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in environmental science.

Key Features

  • Features global case studies to illustrate themes and address issues to support environmental management
  • Offers fundamental and practical understanding of ways to improve and validate predictive abilities and tools in addition to response
  • Examines climate-related trends in the spread of the pandemic
  • Presents different ways forward in order to achieve global goals with a specific focus on SDGs


Researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in climate change, environmental management, and environmental health

Table of Contents

  • Part 1 - Environmental modifications, degradation and human health risks
    1. COVID-19: A wake-up call
    2. Zoonotic disease in the face of rapidly changing human-nature interactions in the Anthropocene: The case of COVID-19
    3. Impact of COVID lockdown on the socio-environmental scenario of Indian Sundarban
    4. Changes in Nighttime Lights during COVID-19 lockdown over parts of India
    5. Socio-environmental factors affecting mental health of people during COVID19 in coastal urban áreas of Bangladesh
    6. Strengthening Risk Management Systems for Managing Transboundary Risks Including Pandemics

    Part 2 - Water resources: Planning, management and governance
    7. Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic and its Possible Effects on Kuwait’s Water Supply Facilities
    8. Survival of SARS-CoV-2 in untreated and treated wastewater - A Review
    9. Waste water discharge and surface water contamination pre and post COVID 19- Global case studies
    10. Addressing Associated Risks of COVID-19 Infections Across Water and Wastewater Service Chain in Asia
    11. Governance of Wastewater Surveillance Systems to Minimize the Impact of COVID-19 and Future Epidemics: Cases across Asia-Pacific
    12. Impact of lockdown on DO-BOD variation in river Ganga through real time water quality monitoring
    13. Covid-19 and opportunity for integrated management of water-energy-food resources for urban consumption
    14. Consideration factors on COVID -19 outbreaks with coastal water quality of Southern India

    Part 3 - Air quality: Monitoring, fate, transport, and drivers of socio-environmental change
    15. Air quality Index and criteria pollutants in ambient atmosphere over selected sites: Impact and lessons to learn from COVID 19
    16. Study of the Aerosol Parameters and radiative forcing during COVID-19 pandemic over Srinagar Garhwal Uttarakhand
    17. A safe and effective sample collection method for assessment of SARS-CoV-2 in aerosol samples
    18. Meteorological parameters and COVID-19 spread- Russia a case study
    19. Short-Term Resilience and Transformation of Urban Socio-environmental Systems to COVID-19 Lockdowns in India using Air Quality as Proxy
    20. Covid-19 Pandemic- Changes in the context of Global Environment and Lessons Learned

    Part 4 - Marine and lacustrine environment
    21. Marine Flora and Sustainability of Reefs in Times of Climate Change
    22. Temporal variability (1966-2020) of the fish assemblage and hydrometeorology of the Tampamachoco lagoon, Veracruz, Mexico: pre and during COVID-19 scenario
    23. Socio-economic and Environmental Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic: Building Resilience of the 7 Lakes of san Pablo City, Philippines

    Part 5 - Sustainable development goals and environmental justice
    24. Impacts and implications of the COVID-19 crisis and its recovery for achieving Sustainable Development Goals in Asia: A review from an SDG interlinkage perspective
    25. The COVID-19 Impacts on India’s Low Carbon Infrastructure
    26. Green spaces resume their importance in cities after the COVID-19 pandemic: Mexico City
    27. Climate Change, Adaptation and Gender: Approaches and Learnings from Global and Indian Experiences
    28. Housing in Mexico´s Urban Area, in the Context of Climate Change and the COVID-19 Pandemic
    29. COVID-19 as an opportunity to make field-based earth sciences and other similar courses easily accessible and affordable
    30. Livelihood and Health Vulnerabilities of Forest Resource-dependent Communities amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic in Southwestern Regions of Bangladesh
    31. Sustainable Utilization of Natural Resources for Socio-environmental Resilience and Transformation in the Mountains of Nepal
    32. How resilient are mountain livelihoods against extreme events? Learnings from Central Mexico in a COVID-19 world
    33. Significance of conventional indian foods acting as immune boosters to overcome covid-19
    34. COVID-19 Pandemic impact on food security and food system of India: Lessons for future

Product details

  • No. of pages: 436
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: May 18, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323855129
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323858038

About the Editors

A.L. Ramanathan

A.L. Ramanathan, Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India AL.Ramanathan has been working as a Professor and researcher in various capacities in national and international laboratories, universities, and institutions for over three decades in India and abroad and has traveled widely for research, teaching, and fieldwork activities to address pressing environmental issues due to natural and perturbed anthropogenic ecosystems. He is currently working as Professor, School of Environmental sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has had more than 200 papers published in high impact journals in the field of environment and water resources including the cryosphere. He has completed more than 25 major research projects in collaboration with Indian institutes and fifteen foreign universities of the world through national and international agencies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Chidambaram Sabarathinam

Dr. S. Chidambaram is currently working as Research Scientist, Water Research Centre, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait. He was a gold medalist in Undergraduate and Post graduate degrees. He served as professor and head for the department of Earth sciences. He has 19 years of teaching experience andproduced 16 M.Phils and 15 Ph.D thesis under his guidance. He has published more than 180 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 9 books in the field of hydrogeochemistry. He has developed a computer program in C++ (WATCLAST) for hydrogeochemical studies. His work on fluoride removal by natural material in community water supply scheme as an outcome of MoEn&F project has received the best paper award in the Applied Water Sciences journal for the year 2013. He has awarded for the best contribution in the field of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geochemistry during 2016 by Indian Society of Applied Geochemists. He has undertaken training in IAEA programs and served as an expert for two IAEA expert missions to KISR, Kuwait.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Scientist, Water Research Center, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Safat, Kuwait

M.P. Jonathan

Dr. M.P. Jonathan has expertise in the fields of marine geochemistry and trace metal pollution of aquatic environments and earned a doctorate in the field of geology from University of Madras, Chennai, India. He is the author of more than 102 research articles in numerous multidisciplinary aspects of coastal pollution in various reputed journals. With a goal to generate a database of pollution status in tourist beaches all over the world, he has accomplished 10 countries to date and it is expanding year by year to other countries. He has also partaken in various bilateral and mega scientific research projects between India, Mexico, South Africa, Colombia and Ecuador which deals with coastal pollution and development/mitigation efforts through mangroves. His research interests include geochemical process in aquatic systems, environmental geology, tsunami (past and present), microplastic degradation, fish toxicology, GIS applications, and innovative approaches in pollution studies. Presently, he works as a research professor and is also a Member (SNI Level 2) of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) and also serves as the Coordinator of Doctorate program in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Environment and Development (CIIEMAD), National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico City, Mexico. He is also an editorial committee member for several journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones y Estudios sobre Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (CIIEMAD), Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico

M.V. Prasanna

M.V. Prasanna Associate Professor, Department of Applied Geology, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University, Malaysia Dr M.V. Prasanna currently works as an Associate Professor in Curtin University, Malaysia. He completed his Ph.D degree in 2008 at Annamalai University, India. He has published 86 Journal papers and 8 book chapters. Recently, he has co-edited the book GIS and Geostatistical Techniques for Groundwater Science, published by Elsevier in June 2019. Currently, he is editing two special issues. Currently, his research is primarily focused in the field of environmental geochemistry, focusing on monitoring and assessment of metal pollution in various environments.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Geology, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University, Malaysia

Pankaj Kumar

Pankaj Kumar, Senior Policy Researcher, Natural Resources and Ecosystems Services, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan Dr. Pankaj Kumar is currently working in the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan as senior policy researcher in the field of water resources and climate change adaptation. Prior to this, he worked as a research fellow in United Nations University, Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Tokyo for four years. Recently his research work focused on “Hydrological simulation and scenario modelling for clean urban water environment in South-East Asian developing cities” a transdisciplinary work aimed to enhance community resilience to global change and provide policy relevant solution. He holds a doctoral degree in Geo-environmental Science from the University of Tsukuba, Japan. In parallel, he has worked as a Chapter Scientist for Working Group-II of Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of IPCC. Currently he is also working as scoping expert for Nexus assessment for IPBES. He has several peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters of international repute to his credit.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Policy Researcher, Natural Resources and Ecosystems Services, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan

Francisco Arriola

Francisco Muñoz Arriola, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering and the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA Dr Francisco Muñoz Arriola is an Associate Professor in Hydroinformatics and Integrated Hydroclimate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at Universidade do Sao Paulo. He has volunteered at the United States Geological Survey and has been a National Researcher at Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology. He is also a fellow of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the Public Policy Center. He has been a member of the American Meteorological Society's Water Resources Committee for five years. Francisco has worked on the diagnostics and predictability of natural and altered states of biogeochemical cycles and the water continuum from the atmosphere to the aquifer. His research focuses on the predictability of hydrometeorological and climate extremes and their impact on water and agricultural resources, as well as the development of information technologies and models. His collaborative network encompasses more than twenty countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering and the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

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