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Concluding Remarks: The Way Forward for Urban Ecology

Jari Niemelä, Jürgen Breuste, Thomas Elmqvist, Glenn Guntenspergen, Philip James and Nancy McIntyre

in Urban Ecology

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199563562
Published online December 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191774713 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563562.003.0038
Concluding Remarks: The Way Forward for Urban Ecology

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This book has shown that urban ecology is making considerable progress as a scientific discipline and has illustrated current research on how the urban landscape is affected by humans. It has also explained how an ecological understanding of urban landscapes can help attain sustainable urban planning and decision-making. Moreover, it has explored the basic physical elements of the urban ecosystem that are modified by human activities: climate, water, and soil. The book has also discussed patterns in biodiversity due to changes in the underlying physical drivers resulting from urbanisation; the ecological and evolutionary challenges posed by urban ecosystems to plants and animals; the ecology ‘of’ cities and its relevance to conservation and management; and the values of urban ecosystem services and strategies for improving management and governance. While the book improves current knowledge of urban ecosystems, it also argues that there is still much to be learned about the functioning of urban ecosystems and how humans interact with their biotic and abiotic environments.

Keywords: urban ecology; urban landscapes; urban planning; human activities; climate; biodiversity; urbanisation; urban ecosystems; ecology of cities; ecosystem services

Chapter.  1853 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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