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Urban Ecology

Edited by Jürgen H. Breuste, Thomas Elmqvist, Glenn Guntenspergen, Philip James and Nancy E. McIntyre

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199563562
Published online December 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191774713 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563562.001.0001
Urban Ecology

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This book deals with urbanisation which is a global phenomenon that is increasingly challenging human society and ecosystems. It is therefore crucially important to ensure that the 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. This book discusses our current understanding of all aspects of urban environments, from the physical characteristics of cities to the ecology of the organisms that inhabit them and 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 and biodiversity with social issues. The book concludes with a discussion of the applications of urban ecology and ecosystem services provided by urban biodiversity 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.

Keywords: urban ecology; urbanisation; urban biodiversity; urban environment; ecosystem services; social-ecological systems; land-use planning; sustainability

Book.  388 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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Introduction in Urban Ecology

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The History of Urban Ecology in Urban Ecology

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Urban Climate in Urban Ecology

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Hydrology of Urban Environments in Urban Ecology

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