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Planning, Designing, and Managing Green Roofs and Green Walls for Public Health - An Ecosystem Services Approach

Ode Sang, Åsa and Thorpert, Petra and Fransson, Ann-Mari (2022). Planning, Designing, and Managing Green Roofs and Green Walls for Public Health - An Ecosystem Services Approach. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 10 , 804500
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Installing green roofs and green walls in urban areas is suggested to supply multiple ecosystem services of benefit to human health and well-being. In a three-step literature review, we examined current knowledge on the link between public health and green roofs and green walls. A systematic search identified 69 scientific articles on green roofs/walls with a public health discourse. These articles were categorized according to type of health path covered (reduction of temperature, air pollution, noise or environmental appraisal) and coverage of issues of relevance for strategies on planning, design/construction, and maintenance of green roofs and green walls. Articles identified through the structured search were complemented with reviews (with no explicit public health rationale) covering reduction of noise, temperature, or air pollution and environmental appraisal. Other relevant studies were identified through snowballing. Several of the articles provided guidelines for optimizing the effect of green roofs/walls in supporting ecosystem services and maximizing well-being benefits to support health pathways identified. These included specifications about planning issues, with recommended spatial allocation (locations where people live, sun-exposed for maximum ambient temperature reduction) and with physical access needed for environmental appraisal. Recommendations regarding design parameters covered substrate depth (deeper generally being better), plant choices (more diverse roofs providing more services), and maintenance issues (moist substrate positively correlated with heat reduction).

Authors/Creators:Ode Sang, Åsa and Thorpert, Petra and Fransson, Ann-Mari
Title:Planning, Designing, and Managing Green Roofs and Green Walls for Public Health - An Ecosystem Services Approach
Series Name/Journal:Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:10
Article number:804500
Number of Pages:16
Publisher:FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
ISSN:2296-701X
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Keywords:temperature regulation, air pollution regulation, noise regulation, environmental appraisal, public health and well-being, green infrastructure, nature-based solution, living walls
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117270
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117270
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DOI10.3389/fevo.2022.804500
Web of Science (WoS)000796383800001
ID Code:28164
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:01 Jun 2022 11:36
Metadata Last Modified:01 Jun 2022 11:41

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