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Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Patterns, Processes, and Applications

by Jari Niemelä,Jürgen H. Breuste,Glenn Guntenspergen,Nancy E. McIntyre,Thomas Elmqvist,Philip James

  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release : 2011-11-17
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN : 0191613231
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Urbanization is a global phenomenon that is increasingly challenging human society. It is therefore crucially important to ensure that the relentless expansion of cities and towns proceeds sustainably. Urban ecology, the interdisciplinary study of ecological patterns and processes in towns and cities, is a rapidly developing field that can provide a scientific basis for the informed decision-making and planning needed to create both viable and sustainable cities. Urban Ecology brings together an international team of leading scientists to discuss our current understanding of all aspects of urban environments, from the biology of the organisms that inhabit them to the diversity of ecosystem services and human social issues encountered within urban landscapes. The book is divided into five sections with the first describing the physical urban environment. Subsequent sections examine ecological patterns and processes within the urban setting, followed by the integration of ecology with social issues. The book concludes with a discussion of the applications of urban ecology to land-use planning. The emphasis throughout is on what we actually know (as well as what we should know) about the complexities of social-ecological systems in urban areas, in order to develop urban ecology as a rigorous scientific discipline.

Applied Urban Ecology

Applied Urban Ecology
A Global Framework

by Matthias Richter,Ulrike Weiland

  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2011-09-19
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN : 1444345001
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Applied Urban Ecology: A Global Framework explores ways in which the environmental quality of urban areas can be improved starting with existing environmental conditions and their dynamics. Written by an internationally renowned selection of scientists and practitioners, the book covers a broad range of established and novel approaches to applied urban ecology. Approaches chosen for the book are placed in the context of issues such as climate change, green- and open-space development, flood-risk assessment, threats to urban biodiversity, and increasing environmental pollution (especially in the “megacities” of newly industrialized countries). All topics covered were chosen because they are socially and socio-politically relevant today. Further topics covered include sustainable energy and budget management, urban water resource management, urban land management, and urban landscape planning and design. Throughout the book, concepts and methods are illustrated using case studies from around the world. A closing synopsis draws conclusions on how the findings of urban ecological research can be used in strategic urban management in the future. Applied Urban Ecology: A Global Framework is an advanced textbook for students, researchers and experienced practitioners in urban ecology and urban environmental research, planning, and practice.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Science of Cities

by Richard T. T. Forman

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2014-02-13
  • Pages : 462
  • ISBN : 1107007003
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The first richly illustrated worldwide portrayal of urban ecology, tying together organisms, built structures, and the physical environment around cities.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Emerging Patterns and Social-Ecological Systems

by Pramit Verma,Pardeep Singh,Rishikesh Singh,A. S. Raghubanshi

  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release : 2020-07-14
  • Pages : 532
  • ISBN : 0128207310
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Urban Ecology covers the latest theoretical and applied concepts in urban ecological research. This book covers the key environmental issues of urban ecosystems as well as the human-centric issues, particularly those of governance, economics, sociology and human health. The goal of Urban Ecology is to challenge readers’ thinking around urban ecology from a resource-based approach to a holistic and applied field for sustainable development. There are seven major themes of the book: emerging urban concepts and urbanization, land use/land cover change, urban social-ecological systems, urban environment, urban material balance, smart, healthy and sustainable cities and sustainable urban design. Within each section, key concepts such as monitoring the urbanization phenomena, land use cover, urban soil fluxes, urban metabolism, pollution and human health and sustainable cities are covered. Urban Ecology serves as a comprehensive and advanced book for students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers in urban ecology and urban environmental research, planning and practice. Includes global case studies from over 14 countries, providing a first-hand account of recent applications Covers the phenomena of sustainable transport, nutrient recovery and human health, among many others Examines environmental issues as well as social-ecological systems and governance

Advances in Urban Ecology

Advances in Urban Ecology
Integrating Humans and Ecological Processes in Urban Ecosystems

by marina Alberti

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2007-12-20
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN : 9780387755106
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This groundbreaking work is an attempt at providing a conceptual framework to synthesize urban and ecological dynamics into a common framework. The greatest challenge for urban ecologists in the next few decades is to understand the role humans play in urban ecosystems. The development of an integrated urban ecological approach is crucial to advance ecological research and to help planners and managers solve complex urban environmental issues. This book is a major step forward.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
A Book

by Kevin J. Gaston

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN : 019956356X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"This is the urban century in which, for the first time, the majority of people live in towns and cities. Understanding how people influence, and are influenced by, the 'green' component of these environments is therefore of enormous significance. Providing an overview of the essentials of urban ecology, the book begins by covering the vital background concepts of the urbanisation process and the effect that it can have on ecosystem functions and services. Later sections are devoted to examining how species respond to urbanisation, the many facets of human-ecology interactions, and the issues surrounding urban planning and the provision of urban green spaces. Drawing on examples from urban settlements around the world, it highlights the progress to date in this burgeoning field, as well as the challenges that lie ahead"--Provided by publisher.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
An Introduction

by Ian Douglas,Philip James

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2014-10-30
  • Pages : 476
  • ISBN : 1136266968
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Urban Ecology: An Introduction seeks to open the reader’s mind and eyes to the way in which nature permeates everyday urban living, and how it has to be understood, cared for, and managed in order to make our towns and cities healthier places to visit and in which to live and work. The authors examine how nature can improve our physical and mental health, the air we breathe and the waters we use, as well as boosting our enjoyment of parks and gardens. Urban Ecology sets out the science that underlies the changing natural scene and the tools used to ensure that cities become both capable of adapting to climate change and more beautiful and resilient. The book begins with a discussion of the nature of urban places and the role of nature in towns and cities. Part 1 looks at the context and content of urban ecology, its relationship to other foci of interest within ecology and other environmental sciences, and the character of city landscapes and ecosystems. In Part 2 the authors set out the physical and chemical components of urban ecosystems and ecological processes, including urban weather and climate, urban geomorphology and soils, urban hydrology and urban biogeochemical cycles. In Part 3 urban habitats, urban flora and fauna, and the effects of, deliberate and inadvertent human action on urban biota are examined. Part 4 contains an exploration of the identification and assessment of ecosystem services in urban areas, emphasising economic evaluation, the importance of urban nature for human health and well-being, and restoration ecology and creative conservation. Finally, in Part 5 the tasks for urban ecologists in optimising and sustaining urban ecosystems, providing for nature in cities, adapting to climate change and in developing the urban future in a more sustainable manner are set out. Within the 16 chapters of the book – in which examples from around the world are drawn upon - the authors explore current practice and future alternatives, set out procedures for ecological assessment and evaluation, suggest student activities and discussion topics, provide recommended reading and an extensive bibliography. The book contains more than 150 tables and over 150 photographs and diagrams.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
A Book

by Jürgen Breuste,Hildegard Feldmann,Ogarit Uhlmann

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2013-03-09
  • Pages : 714
  • ISBN : 3642885837
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Provides an overview of international developments in urban ecology, with many examples from cities worldwide. In addition, this book presents a unique exchange of experiences and ideas, with a focus on cooperation between researchers and those involved in putting ideas into practice. Topics include: aims and standards for ecological cities; the integration of ecologial, economic, social and cultural aspects; land use as a controlling factor; ecologically responsible mobility; and the integration of nature and landscape into urban development.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Plants and Plant Communities in Urban Environments

by Herbert Sukopp,Slavomil Hejný

  • Publisher : Balogh Scientific Books
  • Release : 1990
  • Pages : 282
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Lectures presented at Sessions 6-49 and 6-149 of the XIVth International Botanical Congress on 25th July and 26th July 1987 with some of the lectures from Session 6-52 and some invited papers.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
A Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World

by Ken Leinbach

  • Publisher : Morgan James Publishing
  • Release : 2018-03-06
  • Pages : 271
  • ISBN : 1683506529
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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With climate change in the news, an urban core that has reached boiling point, and many children growing up without role models and with limited dreams, where is hope? There is a quiet experiment in Milwaukee that is turning heads. It starts with the simplicity of getting a city kid exploring their neighborhood park. How is it that so much life, community, and opportunity can grow from this unlikely soil? It's been called a miracle. It's contagious. It's spreading. It's exciting. And it works! This is the story of a group of ordinary people in a neighborhood who created something extraordinary. Readers will discover... the power of getting a city kid outside in nature; that kindness does work; how to say no while following the yes; the value of clarity and focus; how to find abundance within their own diverse community by simply and humbly asking for help; ten tried and tested rules for raising money (a lot of it!) while having a ton of fun doing it; a positive, believable, and very real vision for the future of the environment (we've got this!); and... how to join the Urban Ecology movement.

Urban Ecosystems

Urban Ecosystems
Understanding the Human Environment

by Robert A. Francis,Michael A. Chadwick

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2013
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN : 0415697956
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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With over half of the global human population living in urban regions, urban ecosystems may now represent the contemporary and future human environment. This book aims to review what is currently known about urban ecosystems in a short and approachable text that will serve as a key resource for teaching and learning related to the urban environment.

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology
A Book

by Ian Douglas,P M L Anderson,David Goode,Mike Houck,David Maddox,Harini Nagendra,Puay Yok Tan

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-11-20
  • Pages : 1328
  • ISBN : 0429015267
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This second edition covers recent developments around the world with contributors from 33 different countries. It widens the handbook’s scope by including ecological design; consideration of cultural dimensions of the use and conservation of urban nature; the roles of government and civil society; and the continuing issues of equity and fairness in access to urban greenspaces. New features include an emphasis on the biophilic design of homes and workplaces, demonstrating the value of nature, in order to counter the still prevalent attitude among many developers that nature is a constraint rather than a value. The volume explores great practical achievements have occurred since the first edition, with many governments increasingly recognising and legislating on urban nature and green infrastructure matters, since cities play a major role in adapting to change, particularly to climate crisis. New topics such as the ecological role of light at night and human microbiota in the urban ecosystem are introduced. Additional attention is given to food production in cities, particularly the multiple roles of urban agriculture and household gardens in different contexts from wealthy communities to the poorest informal settlements in deprived communities. The emphasis is on demonstrating what can be achieved, and what is already being done. The book will help scholars and graduate students by providing an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current urban ecological thinking across the range of disciplines, such as geography, ecology, environmental science/studies, planning, urban studies, that converge in the study of towns and cities and urban design and living. It will also assist practitioners and civil society members in discovering the ways different specialists and thinkers approach urban nature.

Urban Ecosystems

Urban Ecosystems
Ecological Principles for the Built Environment

by Frederick R. Adler,Colby J. Tanner

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2013-04-25
  • Pages : 353
  • ISBN : 0521769841
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An accessible introduction to the unifying principles of ecology through the exploration of urban ecosystems.

Nature All Around Us

Nature All Around Us
A Guide to Urban Ecology

by Beatrix Beisner,Christian Messier,Luc-Alain Giraldeau

  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release : 2013
  • Pages : 147
  • ISBN : 0226922758
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Presents a guide to the ecology of the urban environment, discussing facts about the various plants and animals that live among city dwellers.

Avian Urban Ecology

Avian Urban Ecology
A Book

by Diego Gil,Henrik Brumm

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2013-12
  • Pages : 217
  • ISBN : 0199661588
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This edited volume adopts an evolutionary framework to explore how pre-existing differences in life history, behaviour, and physiology of birds may determine the course of their adaptation to urban habitats.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
An International Perspective on the Interaction Between Humans and Nature

by John Marzluff

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2008-01-03
  • Pages : 808
  • ISBN : 9780387734125
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Urban Ecology is a rapidly growing field of academic and practical significance. Urban ecologists have published several conference proceedings and regularly contribute to the ecological, architectural, planning, and geography literature. However, important papers in the field that set the foundation for the discipline and illustrate modern approaches from a variety of perspectives and regions of the world have not been collected in a single, accessible book. Foundations of Urban Ecology does this by reprinting important European and American publications, filling gaps in the published literature with a few, targeted original works, and translating key works originally published in German. This edited volume will provide students and professionals with a rich background in all facets of urban ecology. The editors emphasize the drivers, patterns, processes and effects of human settlement. The papers they synthesize provide readers with a broad understanding of the local and global aspects of settlement through traditional natural and social science lenses. This interdisciplinary vision gives the reader a comprehensive view of the urban ecosystem by introducing drivers, patterns, processes and effects of human settlements and the relationships between humans and other animals, plants, ecosystem processes, and abiotic conditions. The reader learns how human institutions, health, and preferences influence, and are influenced by, the others members of their shared urban ecosystem.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
A Case Study of Lima City, Perú

by Ana Sabogal

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2021-07-14
  • Pages : 175
  • ISBN : 3030699056
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book emphasizes the necessity of green spaces and landscape planning to achieve a liveable city. It will more specifically enquire on how to reach a better liveability from the current conditions of Lima. This book takes on the one hand classic concepts from urban agronomy as are soil, water and plants, and on the other hand emphasizes the resources, the plant adaptations and the urban ecosystems, according to the context of Lima. Comparisons are also made to landscape concepts from other cities of the word, contemporary methods of urban landscape research are explained in perspectives of agronomy and ecology. The ecological restoration of some natural spaces of Lima are proposed and related to the food security which impacts on the sustainability of the city. Finally, it describes representative Parks of Lima and previous research projects that have allowed to improve the urban landscape. Considering the city's cultural diversity, comparisons to the mountain and rainforest areas are also made.

Understanding Urban Ecology

Understanding Urban Ecology
An Interdisciplinary Systems Approach

by Myrna H. P. Hall,Stephen B. Balogh

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2019-04-10
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN : 3030112594
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Over half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Few who live in cities understand that cities, too, are ecosystems, as beholden to the laws and principles of ecology as are natural ecosystems. Understanding Urban Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Systems Approach introduces students at the college undergraduate level, or those in advanced-standing college credit high school courses, to cities as ecosystems. For graduate students it provides an overview and rich literature base. Urban planners, educators, and decision makers can use this book to help in designing a more sustainable or “green” future. The authors use a systems approach to explore the complexity and interactions of different components of a city’s ecology with an emphasis on the energy and materials required to maintain such concentrated centers of human activity and consumption. The book is written by seventeen specialized contributors and includes ten accompanying detailed field exercises to promote hands-on experience, observation, and quantification of urban ecosystem structure and function.The chapters describe one by one the different subsystems of the urban environment, their individual components and functions, and the interactions among them that create the social-ecological environments in which we live. The book’s emphasis on social-ecological metabolism provides students with the knowledge and methods needed to evaluate proposed policies for urban sustainability in terms of ecosystem capacity, potential positive and negative feedbacks, the laws of thermo-dynamics, and socio-cultural perception and adaptability.

Perspectives in Urban Ecology

Perspectives in Urban Ecology
Ecosystems and Interactions between Humans and Nature in the Metropolis of Berlin

by Wilfried Endlicher

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2011-06-21
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9783642177316
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book gives an interdisciplinary overview on urban ecology. Basic understanding of urban nature development and its social reception are discussed for the European Metropolitan Area of Berlin. Furthermore, we investigate specific consequences for the environment, nature and the quality of life for city dwellers due to profound changes such as climate change and the demographic and economic developments associated with the phenomena of shrinking cities. Actual problems of urban ecology should be discussed not only in terms of natural dimensions such as atmosphere, biosphere, pedosphere and hydrosphere but also in terms of social and cultural dimensions such as urban planning, residence and recreation, traffic and mobility and economic values. Our research findings focus on streets, new urban landscapes, intermediate use of brown fields and the relationships between urban nature and the well-being of city dwellers. Finally, the book provides a contribution to the international discussion on urban ecology.

The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology

The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology
Space, Scale, and Time for the Study of Cities

by J. Morgan Grove,Mary Cadenasso,Steward T. Pickett,Gary E. Machlis,William R. Burch

  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 2015-10-28
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN : 0300217862
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The first “urban century” in history has arrived: a majority of the world’s population now resides in cities and their surrounding suburbs. Urban expansion marches on, and the planning and design of future cities requires attention to such diverse issues as human migration, public health, economic restructuring, water supply, climate and sea-level change, and much more. This important book draws on two decades of pioneering social and ecological studies in Baltimore to propose a new way to think about cities and their social, political, and ecological complexity that will apply in many different parts of the world. Readers will gain fresh perspectives on how to study, build, and manage cities in innovative and sustainable ways.