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Urban ecology : science of cities

Author: Richard T T Forman
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How does nature work in our human-created city, suburb, and exurb/peri-urb? Indeed how is ecology - including its urban water, soil, air, plant, and animal foundations - spatially entwined with this great human enterprise? And how can we improve urban areas for both nature and people? Urban Ecology: Science of Cities explores the entire urban area: from streets, lawns, and parks to riversides, sewer systems, and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard T T Forman
ISBN: 9781107007000 1107007003 9780521188241 0521188245
OCLC Number: 855977609
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015
Winner of Society of Biology Postgraduate Textbook Award 2014
Description: xiv, 462 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Part I. Framework : Foundations : Urban ecology concept ; Routes to the present ; Urban attributes and ecological assays ; People and their activities ; Using urban ecology for society's solutions --
Spatial patterns and mosaics : Scale, human, and nature patterns ; Urban-rural gradient as spatial model ; Patch-corridor-matrix and other spatial models ; Neighborhood mosaics and their linkages ; Urban regions, metro areas, cities --
Flows, movements, change : The nature of flows and movements ; Flows around boundaries and mosaics ; Change-over-time principles ; Urbanization ; Rates and trajectories of ecological change --
Part II. Ecological features : Urban soil and chemicals : The essence of urban soil ; Key natural and human processes ; Soil texture an associated properties ; Life in the soil ; Urban soil chemicals ; The urban underground --
Urban air : Microclimate ; Energy and radiation ; Urban heat ; Diverse airflows ; Air pollutants and effects --
Urban water systems : Urban flows in the water cycle ; Groundwater ; Clean water supply ; Sewage and septic wastewater ; Stormwater and pollutants --
Urban water bodies : Urban wetlands and ponds ; Constructed basins, ponds, wetlands, biofilters ; Urban streams ; Urban rivers ; Flooding by river and stream ; Urban coastal zones --
Urban habitat, vegetation, plants : Urban vegetation and habitat ; Urban plants ; Urban plant biology ; Trees and shrubs ; Plant community structure and dynamics ; Plants and urban habitat fragments --
Urban wildlife : Species types ; Vertical structures, vegetation layers, and animals ; Spatial habitat patterns and animals ; Wildlife movement ; Changing urban wildlife and adaptation --
Part III. Urban features : Human structures : Railways ; Roads and associated features ; Hard surfaces and cracks ; House plots, gardens, lawns ; Buildings --
Residential, commercial, industrial areas : City residential areas ; Suburban and peri-urban/exurban residential areas ; City center ; Commercial sites dispersed across the urban area ; Industrial areas --
Green spaces, corridors, systems : Urban agriculture ; Parks ; Diverse large greenspaces ; Green corridors and networks ; Integrated urban greenspace system --
Epilogue --
Appendix A. Positive and negative attributes of an urban area --
Appendix B. Equations.
Responsibility: Richard T.T. Forman, Harvard University, USA.

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