Integrative Analysis of Rhythmicity: From Biology to Urban Environments and Sustainability

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Dec 31;20(1):764. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20010764.


From biological to socio-technical systems, rhythmic processes are pervasive in our environment. However, methods for their comprehensive analysis are prevalent only in specific fields that limit the transfer of knowledge across scientific disciplines. This hinders interdisciplinary research and integrative analyses of rhythms across different domains and datasets. In this paper, we review recent developments in cross-disciplinary rhythmicity research, with a focus on the importance of rhythmic analyses in urban planning and biomedical research. Furthermore, we describe the current state of the art of (integrative) computational methods for the investigation of rhythmic data. Finally, we discuss the further potential and propose necessary future developments for cross-disciplinary rhythmicity analysis to foster integration of heterogeneous datasets across different domains, as well as guide data-driven decision making beyond the boundaries of traditional intradisciplinary research, especially in the context of sustainable and healthy cities.

Keywords: circadian clock; computational framework; integrative analyses; rhythmicity analysis; rhythms; sustainability; transferability; urban rhythms.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Research*
  • Circadian Rhythm*
  • Cities