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The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

By: Ian Douglas(Editor), David Goode(Editor), Michael C Houck(Editor), Rusong Wang(Editor)
664 pages, illustrations, tables
Publisher: Routledge
The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology
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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, colonize and occupy neglected and hidden areas such as derelict land and sewers. "Urban Ecology" analyzes 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.

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology provides a state-of the art guide to the science, practice and value of urban ecology to help everyone understand and enjoy their urban habitat. Original contributions from leading academics and practitioners from across the world provide an in-depth coverage of the main elements of practical urban ecology. The sixty five chapters provide practitioners and students with the wealth of interdisciplinary information needed to manage the biota and green landscapes in urban areas. In six parts it deals 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.

Urban areas have high biodiversity. Urban gardens and vegetable plots have multiple benefits, from helping to reduce greenhouse gases to providing insect and bird habitats. Encounters with nature in cities help to improve our physical and mental health. The ecosystem services provided by nature in cities include cooling the urban area, reducing urban flood risks, filtering pollutants, supplying some of our food, and giving opportunities for accessible recreation. Yet protecting urban nature faces competition from other urban land uses.


Part 1 Context, History and Philosophies
1. Urban ecology: definitions and goals / N. E. McIntyre
2. The analysis of cities as ecosystems / Ian Douglas
3. Urban ecology and industrial ecology / Xuemei Bai and Heinz Schandl
4. Urban areas in the context of human ecology / Roderick J. Lawrence
5. In livable cities is preservation of the wild: the politics of providing for nature in cities / Michael C. Houck
6. The human relationship with nature: rights of animals and plants in the urban context / Jason Byrne
7. Urban natural histories to urban ecologies: the growth of the study of urban nature / Ian Douglas and David Goode
8. Planning for nature in towns and cities: a historical perspective / David Goode
9. How much is urban nature worth? and for whom? Thoughts from ecological economics / Anna Chiesura and Joan Martinez-Alier

Part 2 The Urban Ecological Environment
10. Climate of cities / Professor C.S.B. Grimmond
11. Urban heat islands / T.R. Oke
12. Urban effects on precipitation and associated convective processes / J.M. Shepherd, J.A. Stallins, M.L. Jin and T.L. Mote
13. Urban hydrology / Ian Douglas
14. Urban geomorphology / Ian Douglas
15. Urban soils / Peter J. Marcotullio
16. The process of natural succession in urban areas / Wayne C. Zipperer
17. Recombinant ecology of urban areas: characterisation, context and creativity / Colin D Meurk
18. Creative conservation / Grant Luscombe and Richard Scott

Part 3 The Nature of Urban Habitats
19. Walls and paved surfaces: urban complexes with limited water and nutrients / C. Philip Wheater
20. Urban cliffs / Jeremy Lundholm
21. Suburban mosaic of houses, roads, gardens and mature trees / Ian Douglas
22. Urban wildlife corridors: conduits for movement or linear habitat? / Ian Douglas and Jon Sadler
23. Landscaped parks and open spaces / M. Hermy
24. Grassland on reclaimed soil, with streets, car parks and buildings but few, or no, mature trees / Tony Kendle
25. Urban contaminated land / Michael O. Rivett, Jonathan P. Sadler and Bob C. Barnes
26. Urban woodlands as distinctive and threatened nature-in-city patches / C.Y. Jim
27. Wetlands in urban environments / Joan G. Ehrenfeld, Monica Palta, and Emilie Stander
28. Urban animal ecology / Peter J. Jarvis
29. Feral animals in the urban environment / Peter J. Jarvis

Part 4 Ecosystem services and urban ecology
30. Intrinsic and aesthetic values of urban nature: the view from London / David Nicholson-Lord
31. Intrinsic and aesthetic values of urban nature: A psychological perspective / Rachel Kaplan
32. Urban nature and human physical health / Jenna H. Tilt
33. Urban nature: human psychological and community health / Rod Matsuoka and William Sullivan
34. Street trees and the urban environment / Gerald F.M. Dawe
35. Urban gardens and biodiversity / Kevin J. Gaston and Sian Gaston

Part 5 Methodologies
36. Urban habitat analysis / Ian Douglas
37. Urban habitat type mapping / Peter J. Jarvis
38. Invasive species and their response to climate change / Ian Douglas
39. Urban biogeochemical flux analysis / Nancy B. Grimm, Rebecca L. Hale, Elizabeth M. Cook and David M. Iwaniec
40. Urban metabolism analysis / Shu-Li Huang andand Chun-Lin Lee

Part 6 Applications and Policy Implications
41. Delivering urban greenspace for people and wildlife / John Box
42. Urban areas and the biosphere reserve concept / Pete Frost and Glen Hyman
43. Urban ecology and sustainable urban drainage / Peter Worrall and Sarah Little
44. Green roofs, urban vegetation and urban runoff / Joachim T. Tourbier
45. The role of green infrastructure in adapting cities to climate change / Ian Douglas
46. Creative use of therapeutic green spaces / Ambra Burls
47. Peri-urban ecology: green infrastructure in the 21st century metro-scape / Joe Ravetz
48. Biodiversity as a statutory component of urban planning / David Goode
49. Making urban ecology a key element in urban development and planning / John Stuart-Murray
50. Towards Ecopolis: new technologies, new philosophies and new developments / Rusong Wang, Paul Downton and Ian Douglas


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Ian Douglas is Emeritus Professor at the School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester, UK. David Goode is a Professor at the Environment Institute, University College London, UK. Michael C. Houck is Executive Director of Urban Greenspaces Institute, Portland, Oregon, USA. Rusong Wang is Deputy Director at State Key Lab of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

By: Ian Douglas(Editor), David Goode(Editor), Michael C Houck(Editor), Rusong Wang(Editor)
664 pages, illustrations, tables
Publisher: Routledge
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"This valuable collection of essays will provide a benchmark in urban ecology for many years to come. This book is a superb resource for researchers and students who wish to home in on a topic, learn what there is to know, and perhaps carry on further investigations. The rock-solid science in the text is readable enough to allow this reviewer to assign topics in urban ecology to his non-science-major undergraduates. The volume is particularly useful because the essays pinpoint important issues and frame them empirically. Students can critically read and analyze an essay, design a simple research project, and conduct an experimental foray into their own urban environment [...] .Summing up: Essential. All readership levels."
CHOICE, S. Hammer, Boston University, USA

"My first impression of the Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology is that it is very extensive and includes an impressive array of contributions from a considerable number of highly distinguished and respected experts.[I]t is a stimulating and valuable book and likely to expand the horizons of all those interested in urban ecology."
– Stephen Venn, Conservation Biology

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