The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology
Author: Ian Douglas,P M L Anderson,David Goode,Mike Houck,David Maddox,Harini Nagendra,Puay Yok Tan
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 1328
Release: 2020-11-20
ISBN 10: 0429015267
ISBN 13: 9780429015267
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology Book Review:

This second edition covers recent developments around the world with contributors from 33 different countries. It widens the handbook’s scope by including ecological design; consideration of cultural dimensions of the use and conservation of urban nature; the roles of government and civil society; and the continuing issues of equity and fairness in access to urban greenspaces. New features include an emphasis on the biophilic design of homes and workplaces, demonstrating the value of nature, in order to counter the still prevalent attitude among many developers that nature is a constraint rather than a value. The volume explores great practical achievements have occurred since the first edition, with many governments increasingly recognising and legislating on urban nature and green infrastructure matters, since cities play a major role in adapting to change, particularly to climate crisis. New topics such as the ecological role of light at night and human microbiota in the urban ecosystem are introduced. Additional attention is given to food production in cities, particularly the multiple roles of urban agriculture and household gardens in different contexts from wealthy communities to the poorest informal settlements in deprived communities. The emphasis is on demonstrating what can be achieved, and what is already being done. The book will help scholars and graduate students by providing an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current urban ecological thinking across the range of disciplines, such as geography, ecology, environmental science/studies, planning, urban studies, that converge in the study of towns and cities and urban design and living. It will also assist practitioners and civil society members in discovering the ways different specialists and thinkers approach urban nature.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Pramit Verma,Pardeep Singh,Rishikesh Singh,A. S. Raghubanshi
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 532
Release: 2020-07-14
ISBN 10: 0128207310
ISBN 13: 9780128207314
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

Urban Ecology covers the latest theoretical and applied concepts in urban ecological research. This book covers the key environmental issues of urban ecosystems as well as the human-centric issues, particularly those of governance, economics, sociology and human health. The goal of Urban Ecology is to challenge readers’ thinking around urban ecology from a resource-based approach to a holistic and applied field for sustainable development. There are seven major themes of the book: emerging urban concepts and urbanization, land use/land cover change, urban social-ecological systems, urban environment, urban material balance, smart, healthy and sustainable cities and sustainable urban design. Within each section, key concepts such as monitoring the urbanization phenomena, land use cover, urban soil fluxes, urban metabolism, pollution and human health and sustainable cities are covered. Urban Ecology serves as a comprehensive and advanced book for students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers in urban ecology and urban environmental research, planning and practice. Includes global case studies from over 14 countries, providing a first-hand account of recent applications Covers the phenomena of sustainable transport, nutrient recovery and human health, among many others Examines environmental issues as well as social-ecological systems and governance

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Jari Niemelä,Jürgen H. Breuste,Glenn Guntenspergen,Nancy E. McIntyre,Thomas Elmqvist,Philip James
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2011-11-17
ISBN 10: 0191613231
ISBN 13: 9780191613234
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

Urbanization is a global phenomenon that is increasingly challenging human society. It is therefore crucially important to ensure that the relentless 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. Urban Ecology brings together an international team of leading scientists to discuss our current understanding of all aspects of urban environments, from the biology of the organisms that inhabit them to 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 with social issues. The book concludes with a discussion of the applications of urban ecology 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.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Ian Douglas,Philip James
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 476
Release: 2014-10-30
ISBN 10: 1136266968
ISBN 13: 9781136266966
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

Urban Ecology: An Introduction seeks to open the reader’s mind and eyes to the way in which nature permeates everyday urban living, and how it has to be understood, cared for, and managed in order to make our towns and cities healthier places to visit and in which to live and work. The authors examine how nature can improve our physical and mental health, the air we breathe and the waters we use, as well as boosting our enjoyment of parks and gardens. Urban Ecology sets out the science that underlies the changing natural scene and the tools used to ensure that cities become both capable of adapting to climate change and more beautiful and resilient. The book begins with a discussion of the nature of urban places and the role of nature in towns and cities. Part 1 looks at the context and content of urban ecology, its relationship to other foci of interest within ecology and other environmental sciences, and the character of city landscapes and ecosystems. In Part 2 the authors set out the physical and chemical components of urban ecosystems and ecological processes, including urban weather and climate, urban geomorphology and soils, urban hydrology and urban biogeochemical cycles. In Part 3 urban habitats, urban flora and fauna, and the effects of, deliberate and inadvertent human action on urban biota are examined. Part 4 contains an exploration of the identification and assessment of ecosystem services in urban areas, emphasising economic evaluation, the importance of urban nature for human health and well-being, and restoration ecology and creative conservation. Finally, in Part 5 the tasks for urban ecologists in optimising and sustaining urban ecosystems, providing for nature in cities, adapting to climate change and in developing the urban future in a more sustainable manner are set out. Within the 16 chapters of the book – in which examples from around the world are drawn upon - the authors explore current practice and future alternatives, set out procedures for ecological assessment and evaluation, suggest student activities and discussion topics, provide recommended reading and an extensive bibliography. The book contains more than 150 tables and over 150 photographs and diagrams.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Dianne P. Smith
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 78
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9780415419345
ISBN 13: 0415419344
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Richard T. T. Forman
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 462
Release: 2014-02-13
ISBN 10: 1107007003
ISBN 13: 9781107007000
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

The first richly illustrated worldwide portrayal of urban ecology, tying together organisms, built structures, and the physical environment around cities.

Urban Ecosystems

Urban Ecosystems
Author: Robert A. Francis,Michael A. Chadwick
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 0415697956
ISBN 13: 9780415697958
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecosystems Book Review:

With over half of the global human population living in urban regions, urban ecosystems may now represent the contemporary and future human environment. This book aims to review what is currently known about urban ecosystems in a short and approachable text that will serve as a key resource for teaching and learning related to the urban environment.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Kimberly Etingoff
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 378
Release: 2015-07-28
ISBN 10: 1771882824
ISBN 13: 9781771882828
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. With increasing global urbanization, the environments and ecologies of cities are often perceived to suffer. While pollution and destruction of green space and species may occur, cities also remain part of natural systems. Cities provide natural processes necessary for survival for humans and other living organisms in urban areas. Urban ecology elucidates some of these processes and sheds light on their importance to healthy, fulfilling urban livelihoods. Urban Ecology: Strategies for Green Infrastructure and Land Use provides background on issues relating to urban ecology and urban natural processes. The first section covers the types, values, and recognition of ecosystem services provided by natural processes in urban areas. The second section details the importance and potential of green spaces in urban areas. The third section focuses on biodiversity traits of cities, and the ways in which urbanization affects biodiversity indicators. Finally, the fourth section covers some of the tools and approaches available for urban planners and designers concerned with improving or maintaining urban environments and the services they provide. This easily accessible reference volume offers a comprehensive guide to this rapidly growing field. Case studies and up-to-date research provide urban planners with new options for creating cities that will meet the demands of the twenty-first century. Also appropriate for graduate students who are preparing for careers related to urban planning, this compendium captures and integrates the current work being done in this vitally important field.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: John Marzluff
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 808
Release: 2008-01-03
ISBN 10: 9780387734125
ISBN 13: 0387734120
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

Urban Ecology is a rapidly growing field of academic and practical significance. Urban ecologists have published several conference proceedings and regularly contribute to the ecological, architectural, planning, and geography literature. However, important papers in the field that set the foundation for the discipline and illustrate modern approaches from a variety of perspectives and regions of the world have not been collected in a single, accessible book. Foundations of Urban Ecology does this by reprinting important European and American publications, filling gaps in the published literature with a few, targeted original works, and translating key works originally published in German. This edited volume will provide students and professionals with a rich background in all facets of urban ecology. The editors emphasize the drivers, patterns, processes and effects of human settlement. The papers they synthesize provide readers with a broad understanding of the local and global aspects of settlement through traditional natural and social science lenses. This interdisciplinary vision gives the reader a comprehensive view of the urban ecosystem by introducing drivers, patterns, processes and effects of human settlements and the relationships between humans and other animals, plants, ecosystem processes, and abiotic conditions. The reader learns how human institutions, health, and preferences influence, and are influenced by, the others members of their shared urban ecosystem.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Kevin J. Gaston
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 019956356X
ISBN 13: 9780199563562
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

"This is the urban century in which, for the first time, the majority of people live in towns and cities. Understanding how people influence, and are influenced by, the 'green' component of these environments is therefore of enormous significance. Providing an overview of the essentials of urban ecology, the book begins by covering the vital background concepts of the urbanisation process and the effect that it can have on ecosystem functions and services. Later sections are devoted to examining how species respond to urbanisation, the many facets of human-ecology interactions, and the issues surrounding urban planning and the provision of urban green spaces. Drawing on examples from urban settlements around the world, it highlights the progress to date in this burgeoning field, as well as the challenges that lie ahead"--Provided by publisher.

Understanding Urban Ecology

Understanding Urban Ecology
Author: Myrna H. P. Hall,Stephen B. Balogh
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2019-04-10
ISBN 10: 3030112594
ISBN 13: 9783030112592
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding Urban Ecology Book Review:

Over half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. Few who live in cities understand that cities, too, are ecosystems, as beholden to the laws and principles of ecology as are natural ecosystems. Understanding Urban Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Systems Approach introduces students at the college undergraduate level, or those in advanced-standing college credit high school courses, to cities as ecosystems. For graduate students it provides an overview and rich literature base. Urban planners, educators, and decision makers can use this book to help in designing a more sustainable or “green” future. The authors use a systems approach to explore the complexity and interactions of different components of a city’s ecology with an emphasis on the energy and materials required to maintain such concentrated centers of human activity and consumption. The book is written by seventeen specialized contributors and includes ten accompanying detailed field exercises to promote hands-on experience, observation, and quantification of urban ecosystem structure and function.The chapters describe one by one the different subsystems of the urban environment, their individual components and functions, and the interactions among them that create the social-ecological environments in which we live. The book’s emphasis on social-ecological metabolism provides students with the knowledge and methods needed to evaluate proposed policies for urban sustainability in terms of ecosystem capacity, potential positive and negative feedbacks, the laws of thermo-dynamics, and socio-cultural perception and adaptability.

Advances in Urban Ecology

Advances in Urban Ecology
Author: marina Alberti
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 366
Release: 2007-12-20
ISBN 10: 9780387755106
ISBN 13: 0387755101
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Advances in Urban Ecology Book Review:

This groundbreaking work is an attempt at providing a conceptual framework to synthesize urban and ecological dynamics into a common framework. The greatest challenge for urban ecologists in the next few decades is to understand the role humans play in urban ecosystems. The development of an integrated urban ecological approach is crucial to advance ecological research and to help planners and managers solve complex urban environmental issues. This book is a major step forward.

Applied Urban Ecology

Applied Urban Ecology
Author: Matthias Richter,Ulrike Weiland
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2011-09-19
ISBN 10: 1444345001
ISBN 13: 9781444345001
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Applied Urban Ecology Book Review:

Applied Urban Ecology: A Global Framework explores ways in which the environmental quality of urban areas can be improved starting with existing environmental conditions and their dynamics. Written by an internationally renowned selection of scientists and practitioners, the book covers a broad range of established and novel approaches to applied urban ecology. Approaches chosen for the book are placed in the context of issues such as climate change, green- and open-space development, flood-risk assessment, threats to urban biodiversity, and increasing environmental pollution (especially in the “megacities” of newly industrialized countries). All topics covered were chosen because they are socially and socio-politically relevant today. Further topics covered include sustainable energy and budget management, urban water resource management, urban land management, and urban landscape planning and design. Throughout the book, concepts and methods are illustrated using case studies from around the world. A closing synopsis draws conclusions on how the findings of urban ecological research can be used in strategic urban management in the future. Applied Urban Ecology: A Global Framework is an advanced textbook for students, researchers and experienced practitioners in urban ecology and urban environmental research, planning, and practice.

Avian Urban Ecology

Avian Urban Ecology
Author: Diego Gil,Henrik Brumm
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 217
Release: 2013-12
ISBN 10: 0199661588
ISBN 13: 9780199661589
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Avian Urban Ecology Book Review:

This edited volume adopts an evolutionary framework to explore how pre-existing differences in life history, behaviour, and physiology of birds may determine the course of their adaptation to urban habitats.

Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology
Author: Ken Leinbach
Publsiher: Morgan James Publishing
Total Pages: 271
Release: 2018-03-06
ISBN 10: 1683506529
ISBN 13: 9781683506522
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecology Book Review:

With climate change in the news, an urban core that has reached boiling point, and many children growing up without role models and with limited dreams, where is hope? There is a quiet experiment in Milwaukee that is turning heads. It starts with the simplicity of getting a city kid exploring their neighborhood park. How is it that so much life, community, and opportunity can grow from this unlikely soil? It's been called a miracle. It's contagious. It's spreading. It's exciting. And it works! This is the story of a group of ordinary people in a neighborhood who created something extraordinary. Readers will discover... the power of getting a city kid outside in nature; that kindness does work; how to say no while following the yes; the value of clarity and focus; how to find abundance within their own diverse community by simply and humbly asking for help; ten tried and tested rules for raising money (a lot of it!) while having a ton of fun doing it; a positive, believable, and very real vision for the future of the environment (we've got this!); and... how to join the Urban Ecology movement.

Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo obscene

Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo obscene
Author: Henrik Ernstson,Erik Swyngedouw
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2018-12-19
ISBN 10: 1351809938
ISBN 13: 9781351809931
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo obscene Book Review:

Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities centres on how to organize anew the articulation between emancipatory theory and political activism. Across its theoretical and empirical chapters, written by leading scholars from anthropology, geography, urban studies, and political science, the book explores new political possibilities that are opening up in an age marked by proliferating contestations, sharpening socio-ecological inequalities, and planetary processes of urbanization and environmental change. A deepened conversation between urban environmental studies and political theory is mobilized to chart a radically new direction for the field of urban political ecology and cognate disciplines: What could emancipatory politics be about in our time? What does a return of the political under the aegis of equality and freedom signal today in theory and in practice? How do political movements emerge that could re-invent equality and freedom as actually existing socio-ecological practices? The hope is to contribute discussions that can expand and rearrange critical environmental studies to remain relevant in a time of deepening depoliticization and the rise of post-truth politics. Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene will be of interest to postgraduates, established scholars, and upper level undergraduates from any discipline or field with an interest in the interface between the urban, the environment, and the political, including: geography, urban studies, environmental studies, and political science.

Urban Landscape Ecology

Urban Landscape Ecology
Author: Robert A. Francis,James D.A. Millington,Michael A. Chadwick
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2016-04-14
ISBN 10: 1317497813
ISBN 13: 9781317497813
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Landscape Ecology Book Review:

The growth of cities poses ever-increasing challenges for the natural environment on which they impact and depend, not only within their boundaries but also in surrounding peri-urban areas. Landscape ecology – the study of interactions across space and time between the structure and function of physical, biological and cultural components of landscapes – has a pivotal role to play in identifying sustainable solutions. This book brings together examples of research at the cutting edge of urban landscape ecology across multiple contexts that investigate the state, maintenance and restoration of healthy and functional natural environments across urban and peri-urban landscapes. An explicit focus is on urban landscapes in contrast to other books which have considered urban ecosystems and ecology without specific focus on spatial connections. It integrates research and perspectives from across academia, public and private practitioners of urban conservation, planning and design. It provides a much needed summary of current thinking on how urban landscapes can provide the foundation of sustained economic growth, prospering communities and personal well-being.

Urban Ecosystems

Urban Ecosystems
Author: Frederick R. Adler,Colby J. Tanner
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2013-04-25
ISBN 10: 0521769841
ISBN 13: 9780521769846
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Ecosystems Book Review:

An accessible introduction to the unifying principles of ecology through the exploration of urban ecosystems.

Discourses on Religious Diversity

Discourses on Religious Diversity
Author: Martin D. Stringer
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2016-05-23
ISBN 10: 1317149742
ISBN 13: 9781317149743
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Discourses on Religious Diversity Book Review:

Religious diversity is an ever present, and increasingly visible, reality in cities across the world. It is an issue of immediate concern to city leaders and members of religious communities but do we really know what ordinary members of the public, the people who live in the city, really think about it? Major news items, inter-religious violence and notorious public events often lead to negative views being expressed, especially among those who would not consider themselves to have a religious identity of their own. Martin Stringer explores the highly complex series of discourses around religion and religious diversity that are held by ordinary members of the city; discourses that are often contradictory in themselves and discourses that show that attitudes to religion vary considerably depending on context and wider local or national narratives. Drawing on examples from UK (particularly Birmingham, one of the UK's most diverse cities), Europe and the United States, Stringer offers some practical suggestions for ways in which discourses of religious diversity can be managed in the future. Students in the fields of religious studies, sociology, anthropology and urban studies; practitioners involved in inter-religious debates; and church and other faith leaders and politicians should all find this book an invaluable addition to ongoing debates.

Perspectives in Urban Ecology

Perspectives in Urban Ecology
Author: Wilfried Endlicher
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2011-06-21
ISBN 10: 9783642177316
ISBN 13: 364217731X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Perspectives in Urban Ecology Book Review:

This book gives an interdisciplinary overview on urban ecology. Basic understanding of urban nature development and its social reception are discussed for the European Metropolitan Area of Berlin. Furthermore, we investigate specific consequences for the environment, nature and the quality of life for city dwellers due to profound changes such as climate change and the demographic and economic developments associated with the phenomena of shrinking cities. Actual problems of urban ecology should be discussed not only in terms of natural dimensions such as atmosphere, biosphere, pedosphere and hydrosphere but also in terms of social and cultural dimensions such as urban planning, residence and recreation, traffic and mobility and economic values. Our research findings focus on streets, new urban landscapes, intermediate use of brown fields and the relationships between urban nature and the well-being of city dwellers. Finally, the book provides a contribution to the international discussion on urban ecology.