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The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

Edited by: Ian Douglas , David Goode , Mike Houck , Rusong Wang

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415498135
eBook ISBN: 9780203839263
Adobe ISBN: 9781136883415

10.4324/9780203839263
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The birds, animals, insects, trees and plants encountered by the majority of the world’s people are those that survive in, adapt to, or are introduced to, urban areas. Some of these organisms give great pleasure; others invade, colonise and occupy neglected and hidden areas such as derelict land and sewers. Urban areas have a high biodiversity and nature within cities provides many ecosystem services including cooling the urban area, reducing urban flood risk, filtering pollutants, supplying food, and providing accessible recreation. Yet, protecting urban nature faces competition from other urban land uses.

The Handbook of Urban Ecology analyses this biodiversity and complexity and provides the science to guide policy and management to make cities more attractive, more enjoyable, and better for our own health and that of the planet. This Handbook contains 50 interdisciplinary contributions from leading academics and practitioners from across the world to provide an in-depth coverage of the main elements of practical urban ecology. It is divided into six parts, dealing with the philosophies, concepts and history of urban ecology; followed by consideration of the biophysical character of the urban environment and the diverse habitats found within it. It then examines human relationships with urban nature, the health, economic and environmental benefits of urban ecology before discussing the methods used in urban ecology and ways of putting the science into practice.

The Handbook offers a state-of the art guide to the science, practice and value of urban ecology. The engaging contributions provide students and practitioners with the wealth of interdisciplinary information needed to manage the biota and green landscapes in urban areas.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Urban ecology Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The analysis of cities as ecosystems Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Urban ecology and industrial ecology Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Urban areas in the context of human ecology Download PDF
Chapter  5:  In livable cities is preservation of the wild Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The human relationship with nature Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Urban natural histories to urban ecologies Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Planning for nature in towns and cities Download PDF
Chapter  9:  How much is urban nature worth? And for whom? Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Climate of cities Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Urban heat islands Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Urban effects on precipitation and associated convective processes Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Urban hydrology Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Urban geomorphology Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Urban soils Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The process of natural succession in urban areas Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Recombinant ecology of urban areas Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Creative conservation Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Walls and paved surfaces Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Urban cliffs Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Suburban mosaic of houses, roads, gardens and mature trees Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Urban wildlife corridors Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Landscaped parks and open spaces Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Grassland on reclaimed soil, with streets, car parks and buildings but few or no mature trees Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Urban contaminated land Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Urban woodlands as distinctive and threatened nature-in-city patches Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Wetlands in urban environments Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Urban animal ecology Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Feral animals in the urban environment Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Intrinsic and aesthetic values of urban nature Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Intrinsic and aesthetic values of urban nature Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Urban nature and human physical health Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Urban nature Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Street trees and the urban environment Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Urban gardens and biodiversity Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Urban habitat analysis Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Urban habitat type mapping Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Invasive species and their response to climate change Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Urban biogeochemical flux analysis Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Urban metabolism analysis Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Delivering urban greenspace for people and wildlife Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Urban areas and the biosphere reserve concept Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Urban ecology and sustainable urban drainage Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Green roofs, urban vegetation and urban runoff Download PDF
Chapter  45:  The role of green infrastructure in adapting cities to climate change Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Creative use of therapeutic green spaces Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Peri-urban ecology Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Biodiversity as a statutory component of urban planning Download PDF
Chapter  49:  Making urban ecology a key element in urban development and planning Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Towards Ecopolis Download PDF
Conclusion Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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