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Urban landscapes and sustainable cities

Andersson, Erik (2006). Urban landscapes and sustainable cities. Ecology and society. 11 :1 , 34
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Official URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol11/iss1/art34/


Ecological research targeting sustainable urban landscapes needs to include findings and methods from many lines of ecological research, such as the link between biodiversity and ecosystem function, the role of humans in ecosystems, landscape connectivity, and resilience. This paper reviews and highlights the importance of these issues for sustainable use of ecosystem services, which is argued to be one aspect of sustainable cities. The paper stresses the need to include social and economic factors when analyzing urban landscapes. Spatially explicit data can be used to assess the roles different green areas have in providing people with ecosystem services, and whether people actually have access to the services. Such data can also be used to assess connectivity and heterogeneity, both argued to be central for continuous, long-term provision of these services, and to determine the role urban form has for sustainability.

Authors/Creators:Andersson, Erik
Title:Urban landscapes and sustainable cities
Series Name/Journal:Ecology and society
Year of publishing :2006
Page range:34
Publisher:Published at Carleton University by the Resilience Alliance
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Landscape planning > Nature conservation and landscape management
Keywords:ecosystem function, landscape scale, sustainable development, urban ecology
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ID Code:3988
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Deposited By: Erik Andersson
Deposited On:06 Oct 2009 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:27

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