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Environmental Resilience and Transformation in times of COVID-19 - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323855129

Environmental Resilience and Transformation in times of COVID-19

1st Edition

Climate Change Effects on Environmental Functionality

Editors: A.L. Ramanathan Chidambaram Sabarathinam M.P. Jonathan Francisco Arriola M.V. Prasanna Pankaj Kumar
Paperback ISBN: 9780323855129
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st May 2021
Page Count: 390
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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 the changes in various environments related to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. The book is organized into six themes, including Environmental modifications, degradation and human health risks, Water and agricultural resources and socio-environmental impacts, Marine environmental status, Pollution status (Air, Land and Water), Environmental justice and responsibility, and Climate change and pandemic episodes. These themes provide insights into the impact of COVID-19 on the environment and vice versa, all in an effort to help improve environmental management, planning and future policy.

By 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 addresses issues that support environmental management
  • Offers a fundamental and practical understanding of ways to improve and validate predictive abilities and tools to improve responses
  • Examines climate-related trends in the spread of the pandemic


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

Table of Contents

Part I: Environmental modifications, degradation and human health risks
1. Inequality, environmental degradation and human health risks
2. Predictive and geospatial analytics of the environment during pandemic episodes
3. Climate change and UN´s sustainable goals, shifts and sustainability of discourse, practices and commitments
4. COVID-19 Assessment of environmental and health risk in a Neotropical mining river on the Colombian Pacific
5. Hazardous solid waste contaminated with metals and their effect on human health: The COVID-19 scenario

Part II: Water resource and socio-hydrological impacts
6. Quality variation in water (ground water) post and pre-COVID scenario
7. Waste-water discharge and surface water contamination
8. Water quality in an urban industrial river, Central Mexico: Modifications during COVID-19 pandemic
9. Water resource management constraints
10. Sanitation and health

Part III: Marine environmental status
11. Regime shifts or stabilization of the marine environment
12. Marine environmental changes in the Pacific Coast of Mexico: Post COVID effect
13. Marine environment status in an upwelling system at Sinaloa, Gulf of California, Mexico

Part IV: Pollution status (Air, Land and Water)
14. Pollution status and emerging challenges
15. Pollution and microbial challenges
16. Atmospheric dynamics changes
17. Urban heat Island
18. Greenhouse gas emission impact

Part V: Environmental justice and responsibility
19. Socio-environmental resilience and transformation
20. Socio-economical, socio-technical and socio-ecological impacts on the food, energy, water and ecosystem services infrastructure
21. Tourism downfall and its future in Mexico
22. Corona virus highlight the need for Green spaces in Cities
23. Achieving SDG 6.0: how does its progress will fare amid COVID lockdown?

Part VI: Climate change and pandemic episodes
24. Forest and biodiversity regime shift
25. Climate feedbacks and changes
26. Meteorological parameters and COVID-19 spread
27. Vulnerability of Mexico City and its surrounding urban areas to COVID-19: Views from Climate change aspects
28. Climate disaster


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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

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

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

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