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Urban EcologyPatterns, Processes, and Applications$
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Jari Niemelä, Jürgen H. Breuste, Thomas Elmqvist, Glenn Guntenspergen, Philip James, and Nancy E. McIntyre

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563562.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.17) Introduction
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Urban Ecology
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Jürgen H. Breuste

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563562.003.0003

This section introduces the concept of ecology in cities by describing the physical properties of urban areas that ‘set the scene’ for urban ecology. It consists of four chapters that discuss man-made physical conditions that influence and determine biodiversity in cities, namely, climate, soils, and hydrology. It also examines the overall human steering by ‘physical’ intervention through the processes of land-use which give rise to new urban morphology. More specifically, it considers land use and surface cover as urban ecological indicators, how human activities modify the urban climate, the importance of urban soils in the urban ecosystem, and the hydrological processes and phenomena of urban environments.

Keywords:   ecology in cities, physical properties, urban areas, urban ecology, biodiversity, climate, soils, hydrology, land use, surface cover

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