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Do perceived walking distance to and use of urban blue spaces affect self-reported physical and mental health?
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Sebastian Völker, Angela Heiler, Thorsten Pollmann, Thomas Claßen, Claudia Hornberg, Thomas Kistemann A cross-sectional analysis among 1041 urban residents was done to examine associations between self-reported walking distance to and use of freshwater urban blue space and health-related quality of life in two German cities: a city with “poor” urban blue space supply (Bielefeld; 0.8% blue space) and one with “better” urban blue space supply (Gelsenkirchen; 3.0% blue...
Twelve-year change in tree diversity and spatial segregation in the Mediterranean city of Santiago, Chile
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): H. Jaime Hernández, Nélida R. Villaseñor Tree diversity is one of the most important components of urban ecosystems, because it provides multiple ecological benefits and contributes to human well-being. However, the distribution of urban trees may be spatially segregated and change over time. To provide insights for a better distribution of tree diversity in a socially segregated city, we evaluated spatial segregation in the abundance and diversity of trees by socioeconomic group...
Plant and microbial biodiversity in urban forests and public gardens: Insights for cities’ sustainable development
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Lurdes Barrico, Helena Castro, António Pereira Coutinho, Maria Teresa Gonçalves, Helena Freitas, Paula Castro As the world’s population gets increasingly more urban, the preservation of urban green spaces becomes an important issue in the political agenda worldwide. These spaces may mitigate the negative environmental impacts of urbanisation and improve quality of life. Aiming to increase knowledge in urban biodiversity we compared the diversity of vascular plants and...
Performance testing to identify climate-ready trees
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): E.Gregory McPherson, Alison M. Berry, Natalie S. van Doorn Urban forests produce ecosystem services that can benefit city dwellers, but are especially vulnerable to climate change stressors such as heat, drought, extreme winds and pests. Tree selection is an important decision point for managers wanting to transition to a more stable and resilient urban forest structure. This study describes a five-step process to identify and evaluate the performance of promising but infrequently...
Air pollution removal by urban forests in Canada and its effect on air quality and human health
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): David J. Nowak, Satoshi Hirabayashi, Marlene Doyle, Mark McGovern, Jon Pasher Urban trees perform a number of ecosystem services including air pollution removal, carbon sequestration, cooling air temperatures and providing aesthetic beauty to the urban landscape. Trees remove air pollution by intercepting particulate matter on plant surfaces and absorbing gaseous pollutants through the leaf stomata. Computer simulations with local environmental data reveal that trees in 86...
Assessment of light adequacy for vertical farming in a tropical city
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Xiao Ping Song, Hugh T.W. Tan, Puay Yok Tan The pursuit of urban agriculture as part of a city’s green infrastructure is often a challenge, particularly within compact cities, where there is a limited amount of space between buildings for urban farming and gardening. Instead, such high-rise urban developments present often under-utilized spaces on the vertical surfaces of buildings. A key unknown is the adequacy of light for plant growth. Many leafy vegetables that require high...
Spatial disparities in neighborhood public tree coverage: Do modes of transportation matter?
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Haoluan Wang, Feng Qiu Urban green space has various environmental and ecological benefits, and uneven access to such amenities has drawn substantial attention from policy makers in developing sustainable community planning. In this study, we illustrate the spatial distribution of publicly owned and maintained trees in Edmonton, Canada and assess neighborhoods’ heterogeneous tree availability by using the container approach. Through spatial regression models, we further investigate...
Protest response and contingent valuation of an urban forest park in Fuzhou City, China
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Bixia Chen, Xinhua Qi Urban forest parks, such as Fuzhou National Forest Park (FNFP), provide residents with landscape amenities, recreational opportunities, and interaction with nature. Understanding the recreational quality of green spaces and visitors’ behaviors and preferences is essential for effective forest park conservation strategy. We aimed to assess the recreational use and amenities of FNFP and calculate the monetary value of provided services using a contingent...
Peri-urbanization may vary with vegetation restoration: A large scale regional analysis
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Wei Fu, Yihe Lü, Paul Harris, Alexis Comber, Lianhai Wu Over that past decade, ecological restoration practices have expanded globally. However, the effectiveness of ecological restoration depends on the complex interactions of various natural and socioeconomic factors, about which there is limited scientific understanding and thus provides an important research frontier. This paper analyzed the relationship between regional scale vegetation restoration and the process of...
Long-term afforestation efforts increase bird species diversity in Beijing, China
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Nancai Pei, Cheng Wang, Jiali Jin, Baoquan Jia, Bufeng Chen, Guangfa Qie, Erfa Qiu, Lin Gu, Ruilin Sun, Jianrong Li, Chang Zhang, Shasha Jiang, Zhe Zhang Bird communities are important components of biodiversity and provide terrestrial ecosystems with multiple functions. The impact of long-term afforestation and rapid urbanization on bird species diversity (BSD) is of interest and has attracted increasing attention from biologists, government officials and the...
Spatial-temporal change analysis of plant soundscapes and their design methods
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Xiuhua Song, Xinbo Lv, Dongming Yu, Qianqian Wu The aim of the study was to describe the soundscape elements, spatial-temporal changes and preferences in plant soundscape using quantitative measures, in order to recommend soundscape design methods. Both acoustic measurements and subjective evaluations of the soundscapes were conducted at various locations in Jinan Forest Park using 14 groups of plant spaces within the park. Our analysis investigated soundscape elements categorized...
Understanding multi-temporal urban forest cover using high resolution images
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Aline Canetti, Marilice Cordeiro Garrastazu, Patrícia Póvoa de Mattos, Evaldo Muñoz Braz, Sylvio Pellico Netto Urban forests offer city residents a better quality of life. They also act as barrier and filter to pollutants resulting from human activities. Mapping the distribution of forests in urban areas is therefore important for good urban planning. Currently, high resolution images are considered useful tools to quantify forested urban areas for large scale urban...
Local habitat characteristics have a stronger effect than the surrounding urban landscape on beetle communities on green roofs
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Kukka Kyrö, Stephan Brenneisen, D. Johan Kotze, Alexander Szallies, Magdalena Gerner, Susanna Lehvävirta Green roofs are a promising tool to return nature to cities and mitigate biodiversity loss brought about by urbanization. Yet, we lack basic information on how green roofs contribute to biodiversity and how their placement in the urban landscape affects different taxa and community composition. We studied the effects of local and landscape variables on beetle communities...
Residents’ preferences for cultural services of the landscape along the urban–rural gradient
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Ting Zhou, Eric Koomen, Eveline S. van Leeuwen Cultural services of the landscape contribute to a higher quality of life. The provision of these services differs along the urban–rural gradient, as does their appreciation by local residents. This paper investigates residents’ preferences for cultural services along the urban–rural gradient through a map-based survey in and around the Dutch city of Maastricht. We focus on the importance of location in explaining these...
The overlooked carbon loss due to decayed wood in urban trees
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Luis Orozco-Aguilar, Denise Johnstone, Stephen J. Livesley, Cris Brack Decayed wood is a common issue in urban trees that deteriorates tree vitality over time, yet its effect on biomass yield therefore stored carbon has been overlooked. We mapped the occurrence and calculated the extent of decayed wood in standing Ulmus procera, Platanus×acerifolia and Corymbia maculata trees. The main stem of 43 trees was measured every metre from the ground to the top by two skilled arborists...
Tranquillity Trails for urban areas
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 29 Author(s): Greg Watts Tranquil spaces can be found and made in the city and their promotion and use by residents and visitors is an important means of building resilience. Studies have shown that spaces that are rated by visitors as tranquil are more likely to produce higher levels of relaxation and less anxiety that should ultimately result in health and well-being benefits. Such spaces can therefore be classed as restorative environments. Tranquil spaces are characterized by a soundscape...
The qualities of natural environments that support the rehabilitation process of individuals with stress-related mental disorder in nature-based rehabilitation
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: Available online 9 December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Anna María Pálsdóttir, Ulrika K. Stigsdotter, Dennis Perqsson, Petra Thorpert, Patrik Grahn
Factors Driving Natural Regeneration Beneath a Planted Urban Forest
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: Available online 8 December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Danica A. Doroski, Alexander J. Felson, Mark A. Bradford, Mark P. Ashton, Emily E. Oldfield, Richard A. Hallett, Sara E. Kuebbing Cities around the world are investing in urban forest plantings as a form of green infrastructure. The aim is that these plantations will develop into naturally-regenerating native forest stands. However, woody plant recruitment is often cited as the most limiting factor to creating self-sustaining urban forests. As such, there is...
Estimation of urban woody vegetation cover using multispectral imagery and LiDAR
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: Available online 6 December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Zennure Ucar, Pete Bettinger, Krista Merry, Ramazan Akbulut, Jacek Siry Urban vegetation is an important resource in built up environments, and estimation of urban canopy cover arising from trees and shrubs is an important metric in assessments of landscape quality. We used an image classification approach to estimate urban vegetation cover consisting of trees and shrubs only within two medium-sized cities in the United States. Four-band aerial imagery with 1m spatial...
Effects of green roofs’ variations on the regional thermal environment using measurements and simulations in Chongqing, China
01. Januar 2018
Publication date: Available online 6 December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Chaoqiang Jin, Xuelian Bai, Te Luo, Min Zou In the present work, field measurement and simulation method were employed to investigate the effects of several green roofs variables on regional thermal environment in Chongqing (29°N, 106°E), China. Field experiments were conducted in two typical places. The real influence of green roofs on ambient environment was analyzed and compared with the simulation results. The software ENVI-met was employed to simulate 29 cases...

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