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Ecology of Cities and Towns: A Comparative Approach

Edited By: Mark McDonnell, Jurgen Breuste and Amy Hahs

714 pages, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2009 | #177391 | ISBN-13: 9780521678339
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Hardback | Jun 2009 | #177390 | ISBN-13: 9780521861120
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About this book

The unprecedented growth of cities and towns around the world, coupled with the unknown effects of global change, has created an urgent need to increase ecological understanding of human settlements, in order to develop inhabitable, sustainable cities and towns in the future. Although there is a wealth of knowledge regarding the understanding of human organisation and behaviour, there is comparably little information available regarding the ecology of cities and towns. This book brings together leading scientists, landscape designers and planners from developed and developing countries around the world, to explore how urban ecological research has been undertaken to date, what has been learnt, where there are gaps in knowledge, and what the future challenges and opportunities are.

This important collection argues for a new approcah to ecology, redefining ecology in cities as an ecology of cities, in which the built environment presents a unique set of conditions, associations, and ecosystems...This collection works best as a statement and perhaps predictor of a novel conceptual framework that connects architecture, planning, sociology, and policy with the hard sciences that characterize classical ecology...Recommended. --Choice


Contents

Part I. Opportunities and Challenges of Conducting Comparative Studies; Part II. Ecological Studies of Cities and Towns; Part III. Integrating Science with Management and Planning; Part IV. Comments and Synthesis.

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Biography

Mark J. McDonnell is the Director of the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, and an Associate Professor in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne. Amy K. Hahs is a GIS Ecologist at the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, and a Research Fellow in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne. Jurgen H. Breuste is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Salzburg in Austria.

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