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Urban Ecology: Patterns, Processes, and Applications

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


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 ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199563562
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563562.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jari Niemelä, editor in chief
Professor of Urban Ecology, University of Helsinki, Finland

Jürgen H. Breuste, editor
University of Salzburg, Austria

Thomas Elmqvist, editor
Stockholm University, Sweden


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Section 1 Ecology in Cities: Man-Made Physical Conditions

Section 2 Ecology in Cities: Patterns of Urban Biodiversity

Section 3 Ecology in Cities: Processes Affecting Urban Biodiversity

Section 4 Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services, and Social Systems in Urban Landscapes

Section 5 Urban Design, Planning, and Management: Lessons from Ecology

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