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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

Abstract

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

Authors

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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Introduction

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

The History of Urban Ecology

Mark J. McDonnell

Section 1 Ecology in Cities: Man-Made Physical Conditions

SECTION EDITOR: Jürgen H. Breuste

Introduction

Jürgen H. Breuste

Chapter 1.2 Urban Climate

Eberhard Parlow

Summary

Jürgen H. Breuste

Section 2 Ecology in Cities: Patterns of Urban Biodiversity

SECTION EDITOR: Glenn R. Guntenspergen

Introduction

Glenn R. Guntenspergen

Chapter 2.4 Composition and Diversity of Urban Vegetation

Christopher P. Dunn and Liam Heneghan

Summary

Glenn R. Guntenspergen

Section 3 Ecology in Cities: Processes Affecting Urban Biodiversity

SECTION EDITOR: Nancy E. McIntyre

Introduction

Nancy E. McIntyre

Chapter 3.2 Urban Flora and Vegetation: Patterns and Processes

Sarel S. Cilliers and Stefan J. Siebert

Chapter 3.3 Effects of Urbanization on the Ecology and Evolution of Arthropods

Johan Kotze, Stephen Venn, Jari Niemelä, and John Spence

Chapter 3.4 Ecology of Urban Amphibians and Reptiles: Urbanophiles, Urbanophobes, and the Urbanoblivious

Bruce W. Grant, George Middendorf, Michael J. Colgan, Haseeb Ahmad, and Michael B. Vogel

Chapter 3.5 Biodiversity and Community Composition in Urban Ecosystems: Coupled Human, Spatial, and Metacommunity Processes

Christopher M. Swan, Steward T. A. Pickett, Katalin Szlavecz, Paige Warren, and K. Tara Willey

Summary

Nancy E. McIntyre

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

SECTION EDITOR: Thomas Elmqvist

Introduction

Thomas Elmqvist

Summary

Thomas Elmqvist

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

SECTION EDITOR: Philip James

Introduction

Philip James

Chapter 5.2 Urban Ecology and Human Health

Konstantinos Tzoulas and Kim Greening

Chapter 5.4 Building for Biodiversity: Accommodating People and Wildlife in Cities

Jon Sadler, Adam Bates, Rossa Donovan, and Stefan Bodnar

Chapter 5.5 Linking Social and Ecological Systems

Wayne C. Zipperer, Wayde C. Morse, and Cassandra Johnson Gaither

Summary

Philip James

Concluding Remarks: The Way Forward for Urban Ecology

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

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