The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly impacted human activities worldwide, leading to a change in lifestyles, habits, and production processes. The abrupt lockdown of the pandemic has resulted in a major change in anthropogenic emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases, thus driving a deep impact on the quality of the environments that we experience around us, whether urban, rural, or remote.

The goal of this research topic is to draw attention to the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak on the quality of all environmental compartments and their interactions, promoting studies that show the effects of restrictive policies on the ongoing situation but also the expected future evolutions. In such studies, it is essential to use appropriate analytical approaches of environmental analysis that can provide a complete and accurate picture of the examined scenarios.

For these reasons, interdisciplinary studies (original research papers and review articles) are welcome, particularly those involving the combined deployment of different analytical techniques (including remote sensing, passive sampling, and biomonitoring) and their use in association with methodologies of data analysis. Environmental analyses can be conducted following established laboratory protocols but also validated and robust applications of innovative analytical strategies.

Attilio Naccarato, IIA, CNR, Italy
Elefteria Psillakis, School of Environmental Engineering, TUC, Greece