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Varying age-gender associations between body mass index and urban greenspace
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Heather A. Sander, Debarchana Ghosh, Cody B. Hodson Urban greenspace benefits urbanites in numerous ways ranging from regulating flooding, air quality, and local climate to providing opportunities for exercise and relaxation. These benefits may influence human health. Greenspace, for example, may facilitate exercise, thereby helping to reduce body mass index (BMI) and combat obesity, a current epidemic of great public health concern. Little evidence exists to support this assertion...
The effects of “greening” urban areas on the perceptions of tranquillity
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Greg Watts Tranquil environments can provide relief from stresses of everyday of life and can be considered restorative environments. This paper considers the effects of “greening” urban environments to enhance tranquillity and ultimately well-being and health benefits. A number of studies have been conducted at the Bradford Centre for Sustainable Environments at the University of Bradford which have examined the effects of natural features on ratings of tranquillity. These include...
Radiative shading effect of urban trees on cooling the regional built environment
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Ruby Upreti, Zhi-Hua Wang, Jiachuan Yang Land use and land cover changes due to urbanization have led to significant modifications in the built environment at both local and regional scales, making adaptation/mitigation strategies imperative for the sustainable development of cities. While urban trees offer great potential for heat mitigation and enhanced environmental quality, most of the existing urban land surface models do not contain adequate representations of trees...
Enhancing wellbeing with psychological tasks along forest trails
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Kalevi Korpela, Eira-Maija Savonen, Suvi Anttila, Tytti Pasanen, Eleanor Ratcliffe The purpose of the study was to investigate whether deliberate psychological tasks, intended to focus people’s attention on the interaction between themselves and natural surroundings, are linked with mood enhancement and self-reported restoration. In four European countries (Finland, France, Luxembourg, Sweden), we surveyed the experiences of volunteers (N=299) who walked forest trails and...
Mapping leaf area of urban greenery using aerial LiDAR and ground-based measurements in Gothenburg, Sweden
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Jenny Klingberg, Janina Konarska, Fredrik Lindberg, Lars Johansson, Sofia Thorsson Leaf area of urban vegetation is an important ecological characteristic, influencing urban climate through shading and transpiration cooling and air quality through air pollutant deposition. Accurate estimates of leaf area over large areas are fundamental to model such processes. The aim of this study was to explore if an aerial LiDAR dataset acquired to create a high resolution digital terrain...
Urban tree growth and their dependency on infiltration rates in structural soil and structural cells
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Lai Fern Ow, Subhadip Ghosh Expanding tree canopies can be difficult to achieve in built environments because urban land is costly and urban soil inhospitable to vegetation so engineered planting systems offer a potentially valuable tool for achieving sustainable urban forests. Tree water uptake, performance and root distribution were assessed in systems of structural soil and structural cell. Structural soil relies on stone and soil, it is highly porous and designed to support tree...
Healing gardens in children’s hospitals: Reflections on benefits, preferences and design from visitors’ books
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Angela Reeve, Katharina Nieberler-Walker, Cheryl Desha There is increasing interest in the use of healing gardens in healthcare settings to provide therapeutic benefits. However it is not yet well understood how people who spend time in these gardens use these spaces, and whether the intended benefits are experienced. This paper evaluates visitor feedback about healing gardens at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, to gain insight into end-user experiences...
Primary productivity in cities and their influence over subtropical bird assemblages
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Josefina Haedo, Antonela Gioia, Ezequiel Aráoz, Leonardo Paolini, Agustina Malizia Changes in ecosystem structure caused by urbanization produce a reduction in photosynthetic productivity, which can lead to reductions in resource availability for birds. Here, we analyzed the relation between photosynthetic productivity and bird assemblages in a subtropical urban ecosystem, in North-Western Argentina. We used Generalized Linear Models to assess the responses of bird abundance...
How different ethno-cultural groups value urban forests and its implications for managing urban nature in a multicultural landscape: A systematic review of the literature
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Camilo Ordóñez-Barona Understanding how different ethno-cultural groups value urban nature is important to understand the role of ethno-cultural diversity in urban ecosystem management. Based on a systematic literature review, this paper summarizes the empirical evidence on how different ethno-cultural groups use, perceive, prefer, and assign meaning to urban nature. I use the urban forest, defined here as all the trees in a city, as a proxy to understand this process. The 31 studies...
The long-term prospects of citizens managing urban green space: From place making to place-keeping?
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): T.J.M. Mattijssen, A.P.N. van der Jagt, A.E. Buijs, B.H.M. Elands, S. Erlwein, R. Lafortezza This paper discusses the long-term management or ‘place-keeping’ of urban green space by citizens and highlights enabling and constraining factors that play a crucial role in this continuity. While authorities have historically been in charge of managing public green spaces, there is an increased involvement of citizens in green space management. It is therefore relevant to study...
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01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25
Urban background of air pollution: Evaluation through moss bag biomonitoring of trace elements in Botanical garden
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Mira Aničić Urošević, Gordana Vuković, Petar Jovanović, Milorad Vujičić, Aneta Sabovljević, Marko Sabovljević, Milica Tomašević Urban background air pollution is the lowest level of pollution representative for the exposure of general urban population and mainly originates from non-local sources of pollution. Moss bag technique has been predominantly adopted for biomonitoring of trace elements across anthropogenically devastated areas, such as urban and industrial...
Population size and development history determine street tree distribution and composition within and between Eastern Cape towns, South Africa
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Nanamhla Gwedla, Charlie M. Shackleton Street trees are a common feature of urban nature, providing ecological, economic and social benefits. These public functions are highly dependent on specific design principles, including the composition and diversity of tree species within the urban forest. Consequently, it is important to understand the patterns and correlates of street tree distribution and diversity to assess benefit flows. This requires sampling across and within towns. This...
Visual preference of trees: The effects of tree attributes and seasons
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Jingwei Zhao, Wenyan Xu, Rujia Li Trees in cities are often viewed as objects of attraction. Previous literature suggests that some tree attributes, such as height, canopy size and leaf color, are the driving factors for a tree’s aesthetic quality. However, the tree attributes used greatly vary among researchers who do not reach an agreement on which attributes affect people’s preferences. Also, differences of trees’ aesthetic quality in different seasons are poorly understood...
Vegetation establishment on ‘Green Walls’: Integrating shotcrete walls from road construction into the landscape
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Alexandra Medl, Rosemarie Stangl, Silvia B. Kikuta, Florin Florineth The establishment of a sustainable vegetation layer on shotcrete walls subjected to road environment represents enormous challenges. High inclination of almost 90°, the exposed position of the walls near streets as well as lack of soil and water supply pose major limiting conditions. The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of an innovative greening technology for vertical structures in terms of...
Geostatistical analysis to identify characteristics involved in sewer pipes and urban tree interactions
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): María Nariné Torres, Juan Pablo Rodríguez, João Paulo Leitão Tree roots cause significant and costly damage to sewer systems. However, the contributions made by tree and sewer characteristics to sewer system damage are not yet well understood. Previous research has proved inconclusive and there is a lack of agreement on the importance of the variables involved, which means that the results cannot be extrapolated globally. This study presents a methodology to improve the...
Urban vegetation phenology analysis using high spatio-temporal NDVI time series
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Feng Li, Guo Song, Zhu Liujun, Zhou Yanan, Lu Di Most of current products can partially reach the requirement of high spatial and temporal resolution needed in urban applications. Fortunately, the new generation of satellite in a form of constellation, e.g. Europe’s Sentinel-2, China’s HJ-1A/B and GF-1/6, is expected to provide more frequent observations (<1week) with a higher spatial resolution (<30m). Consequently, a proper method should be selected to...
Role of green space in urban planning: Outlook towards smart cities
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Ramesh Anguluri, Priya Narayanan The challenges that urbanisation pose is multi-faceted. Land allocation priorities to urban green cover are usually neglected or readily negotiated in the countries that are in transition. Urbanisation devoid of urban green can cause many social and physical impacts on its residents. Hence, locally suitable Green Index should be devised and incorporated in the urban planning of cities, in spite of the size of the city. This analysis is to showcase the...
Urban green spaces for children: A cross-sectional study of associations with distance, physical activity, screen time, general health, and overweight
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Abdullah Akpinar This study investigates the associations between: (i) urban green spaces (UGSs), children‘s frequency and duration of physical activity (PA), and screen time (TV viewing and computer use) and (ii) children‘s frequency and duration of PA and their general health and overweight. In this study, ‘children’ includes both younger children and adolescents, ages 1–18. Parent-reported data (n=422) collected though face-to-face personal interviews between April 1 and May...
Public values associated with urban forests: Synthesis of findings and lessons learned from emerging methods and cross-cultural case studies
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Camilo Ordóñez, Thomas Beckley, Peter N. Duinker, A. John Sinclair Understanding how urban nature is important to the public can broaden management objectives and give citizens a say in how nature is managed in the places where they live. However, studies on the topic do not usually integrate multiple research methods: and case studies, or have an opportunity to reflect on an understanding of the value-elicitation process, which is vital for strengthening future research. This...

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