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Balancing landscape-level forest management between recreation and wood production
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 33 Author(s): Jeannette Eggers, Anders Lindhagen, Torgny Lind, Tomas Lämås, Karin Öhman Although many forested landscapes are used for both wood production and outdoor recreation, intensive forest management can negatively impact the recreational value of forests, including in Sweden, a country with rich forest resources and a strong forest industry. In Sweden, urbanization has increased the importance of, and demand for, urban and peri-urban recreational green areas such as forests. It is...
Aesthetic growth of a native tree species with desirable characteristics for urban green areas in arid and semiarid environments
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 33 Author(s): Israel G. Carrillo-Angeles, Monica E. Queijeiro-Bolaños, Guadalupe X. Malda-Barrera, Humberto Suzán-Azpiri Having an aesthetic form is one of the desirable aspects of trees used to create or reforest urban green areas, which is often achieved by procedures that require a great effort. The understanding of factors affecting the architecture of plants in natural conditions may be useful to promote a desirable shape during the growth process. Under the hypothesis that trees in high...
Estimating urban green space production in the macroeconomy: From public goods to a profitable method of investment
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 33 Author(s): Liang Zhao, Weizhen Chen Accompanied by long-term urbanization, the Chinese production of urban green space (UGS) is gradually transforming into a land operation strategy for local governments to maximize land lease revenue. This paper presents empirical research on different types of investment, urban space, and gross domestic product (GDP) with a simultaneous equations model (SEM) of econometrics to test the capital circulation and accumulation of UGS production in China. The...
Porous-permeable pavements promote growth and establishment and modify root depth distribution of Platanus × acerifolia (Aiton) Willd. in simulated urban tree pits
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 33 Author(s): Francisco Javier de la Mota Daniel, Susan D. Day, James S. Owen, Ryan D. Stewart, Meredith K. Steele, Venkataramana Sridhar In dense urban areas with heavy pedestrian traffic, current trends favor covering tree pits with porous-permeable pavement over installing grates or leaving the soil exposed. However, pavement cover potentially modifies soil moisture and temperature, altering tree growth and overall resilience, especially when coupled with heat stress and drought in a...
Influence of residents’ place attachment on heritage forest conservation awareness in a peri-urban area of Guangzhou, China
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 33 Author(s): Lewis T.O. Cheung, Dennis L.H. Hui This study explored the role of community place attachment on heritage forest (feng shui woodland) conservation awareness in the peri-urban areas of Guangzhou. Questionnaire surveys were administered to glean the views of the local residents living near heritage forests. The results suggested that residents’ place attachment was significantly associated with positive perceptions, attitudes and ecologically responsible behaviours towards the heritage...
Effects of plant leaf surface and different pollution levels on PM2.5 adsorption capacity
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: Available online 17 May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Shaowei Lu, Bo Chen, Xinbing Yang, Shaoning Li, Bing Wang, Yan Jiang, Di Wang, Lan Xu We selected 6 species of landscape plants growing under different pollution levels and performed quantitative determination of PM2.5 adsorption. We compared the measured adsorption to the leaf morphology and the water-soluble ion content. The results indicated that the pollution level and plant leaf surface PM2.5 adsorption capacity were positively correlated. There was variation in...
CFD Analyses of the Wind Drags on Khaya Senegalensis and Eugenia Grandis
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: Available online 16 May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Li Yangyang, Harianto Rahardjo, Kim Neil Irvine, Adrian Wing-Keung Law The drag coefficients of one mature Khaya Senegalensis tree and one Eugenia Grandis tree in Singapore were analysed using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling and validated with field measurements. For the numerical method, an innovative laser scanning approach was used to generate the tree geometries and to calculate the three-dimensional (3D) leaf area density distribution within the canopies...
The Socio-Environmental Impacts of Public Urban Fruit Trees: A Montreal Case-Study
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: Available online 10 May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Juliette Colinas, Paula Bush, Kevin Manaugh In the past two decades, worldwide interest in urban agriculture has rapidly increased amongst residents, city administrations, businesses and researchers, and a diversity of social and environmental benefits were found or argued for the practice. However, most studies have been conducted on commercial activities or on community-gardens, which are either private or of restricted access, and to our knowledge no study is available yet...
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01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32
Impact of urban park’s tree, grass and waterbody on microclimate in hot summer days: A case study of Olympic Park in Beijing, China
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32 Author(s): Majid Amani-Beni, Biao Zhang, Gao-di Xie, Jie Xu Urban heat island (UHI) often cause negative impact and has been linked to heart stroke rate, morality, human comfort, energy consumption and air pollution. Fortunately, urban green spaces have been considered as an effective element to mitigate UHI through their cooling effect. However, further empirical research is necessary in order to efficiently guide the design and planning of urban green space. We observed the impacts of urban...
Comparisons of south Florida’s seawall and natural mangrove stands reveal similar structural attributes
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32 Author(s): Michael R. Timm, Rafael J. Araújo Mangroves are an exceptional group of facultative halophytic trees within tropical and subtropical regions whose structural complexity is derived from the interplay of biotic and abiotic inputs, or energy signatures, which serve as a proxy for their ecosystem function. Mangroves were originally classified into six distinct community types existing in natural landscapes; absent of artificial structures or urban influence. Advancements in the use of...
Site selection of urban wildlife sanctuaries for safeguarding indigenous biodiversity against increased predator pressures
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32 Author(s): Amin Rastandeh, Daniel K. Brown, Maibritt Pedersen Zari Biodiversity loss in urban landscapes is a global challenge. Climate change is a major driving force behind biodiversity loss worldwide. Using Wellington, New Zealand as a research site, the aim of this research is to show how the most suitable patches of vegetation in urban landscapes can be identified, ranked, and prioritised as potential urban wildlife sanctuaries. This is in order to protect vulnerable indigenous fauna from...
Declining urban and community tree cover in the United States
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32 Author(s): David J. Nowak, Eric J. Greenfield Paired aerial photographs were interpreted to assess recent changes (c. 2009–2014) in tree, impervious and other cover types within urban/community and urban land in all 50 United States and the District of Columbia. National results indicate that tree cover in urban/community areas of the United States is on the decline at a rate of about 175,000 acres per year, which corresponds to approximately 36 million trees per year. Estimated loss of benefits...
Influence of breeding habitat characteristics and landscape heterogeneity on anuran species richness and abundance in urban parks of Shanghai, China
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32 Author(s): Ben Li, Wei Zhang, Xiaoxiao Shu, Enle Pei, Xiao Yuan, Tianhou Wang, Zhenghuan Wang Urbanization has caused a significant decline in amphibians worldwide due to habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation of habitat quality. Accordingly, parks have become “islands,” or habitat fragments, for amphibians in highly urbanized areas. Understanding the habitat use pattern of amphibians in fragmented urban environments is essential for biodiversity conservation in urban ecosystems...
Biodiversity in sacred urban spaces of Bengaluru, India
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32 Author(s): Madhumitha Jaganmohan, Lionel Sujay Vailshery, Seema Mundoli, Harini Nagendra Urban green spaces provide critical social and ecological support for cities, but we know little about their diversity and composition in cities of the Global South. This is especially true of lesser known urban spaces such as sacred sites, which are of important cultural and biodiversity significance. We examine tree diversity and composition in sacred sites in Bengaluru, one of India’s fastest growing...
Visual structure of landscapes seen from built environment
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32 Author(s): M. Hilal, D. Joly, D. Roy, G. Vuidel Vegetation in cities keeps climate warming down and improves the health of people and ecosystems while making for a pleasant urban setting. Contemporary urban planning promotes sustainable green cities. Green and blue infrastructures, which help maintain an eco-friendly environment, are the primary instruments of this movement. This paper attempts to show the relative weight of plant life (trees, grass, orchards, etc.) seen from buildings in...
Impact of tree locations and arrangements on outdoor microclimates and human thermal comfort in an urban residential environment
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32 Author(s): Qunshan Zhao, David J. Sailor, Elizabeth A. Wentz Trees serve as a valuable asset in the urban built environment. In an arid city like Phoenix, trees are one of the primary urban green infrastructures to ameliorate extreme heat stress. Because of the cost of water and space in the desert residential environment, designing the optimal tree arrangement to maximize overall thermal benefits for residential neighborhoods is important and necessary. In this research, we first simulated a...
Urban park vegetation cover predicts the removal of human food waste by animals
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32 Author(s): Elsa Morales-Vásquez, César A. Sandoval-Ruiz, Romeo A. Saldaña-Vázquez Urban parks are biodiversity reservoirs and provide ecosystem services within cities. They regulate temperature, reduce noise and increase water infiltration. As biodiversity reservoirs, they allow the animals that inhabit them to provide other services, such as pollination, pest control, and the decomposition of organic material. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of vegetation cover in urban parks...
Local variation of outdoor thermal comfort in different urban green spaces in Guangzhou, a subtropical city in South China
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32 Author(s): Yafei Wang, Zhuobiao Ni, Yuanzhuo Peng, Beicheng Xia To understand the influence of different urban green spaces on outdoor thermal comfort, researchers have focused on developing a thermal comfort range and estimating neutral and preferred temperatures through questionnaire surveys and microclimatic measurements. The simultaneity of investigation among different sites is often neglected, which decreases the accuracy and reliability of the outcomes. To fill this gap and to better...
Sacred sites as habitats of culturally important plant species in an Indian megacity
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: May 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 32 Author(s): Divya Gopal, Moritz von der Lippe, Ingo Kowarik Cultural ecosystem services related to urban green spaces contribute significantly to liveable cities. While previous studies highlight the intersection of cultural ecosystem services with societal values, spiritual or religious values associated with urban nature have received less attention. In India, as in other parts of the world, sacred sites are known for their biological richness, but analyses from urban sacred sites are largely...