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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...
Visitors’ and residents’ perceptions of urban forests for leisure in Washington D.C
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 28 Author(s): Jinyang Deng, Rogelio Andrada, Chad Pierskalla While there is an increasing number of studies on the experience of urban forests, few have examined the similarities and differences between first time visitors, repeat visitors, and local residents in their perceptions of urban forests for leisure. This study fills this research gap using Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) and Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), based on data collected on-site from a year-long survey of 1090...
Preference for site conservation in relation to on-site biodiversity and perceived site attributes: An on-site survey of unmanaged urban greenery in a tropical city
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 28 Author(s): Yun Hye Hwang, Charlotte J. Roscoe Singapore is a densely-populated tropical city with a heavy investment in managed greenery and intensive landscape maintenance practices. Unmanaged greenery such as unprotected young secondary forests continues to be lost in the face of continuous development despite its socio-ecological values. In this study, we assessed perceptions of 11 patches of unmanaged forested areas using an on-site questionnaire. The questionnaire covered site attributes...
Investigating the relationship between various measuring methods for determination of establishment success of urban trees
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 28 Author(s): Anna Levinsson, Ann-Mari Fransson, Tobias Emilsson Establishment is a key concept in urban forestry but it is currently inconsistently defined and measured. Thus, several different methods are being used to determine establishment success but their consequences and applications are rarely discussed. With this paper we would like to stimulate an increased discussion regarding these concepts both in relation to a theoretical definition but also to their practical use. The problem...
Urban forest structure and land cover composition effects on land surface temperature in a semi-arid suburban area
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 28 Author(s): Edward A. Gage, David J. Cooper Using multispectral imagery and LiDAR data, we developed a high-resolution land cover dataset for a semi-arid, Colorado (USA) suburb. These data were used to evaluate patterns of land cover composition and vertical structure in relation to land use and age of development. Landsat 5 TM thermal band data for six separate dates were used to compare land surface temperature (LST) in urbanized and remnant shortgrass steppe reference areas. We used 2010...
Urban non-timber forest products stewardship practices among foragers in Seattle, washington (USA)
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 28 Author(s): R.J. McLain, Melissa R. Poe, Lauren S. Urgenson, Dale J. Blahna, Lita P. Buttolph Our research seeks to expand the concept of urban environmental stewardship to include the everyday stewardship practices of urban nontimber forest products foragers. Ethnographic data from 58 urban foragers and 18 land stewards in the city of Seattle (USA) revealed that foragers reported using a variety of practices to enhance and minimize negative desirable species and their habitats. Many of...
The structure, function and value of urban forests in California communities
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 28 Author(s): E. Gregory McPherson, Qingfu Xiao, Natalie S. van Doorn, John de Goede, Jacquelyn Bjorkman, Allan Hollander, Ryan M. Boynton, James F. Quinn, James H. Thorne This study used tree data from field plots in urban areas to describe forest structure in urban areas throughout California. The plot data were used with numerical models to calculate several ecosystem services produced by trees. A series of transfer functions were calculated to scale-up results from the plots to...
Socioecological features of plant diversity in domestic gardens in the city of Bogotá, Colombia
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 28 Author(s): María C. Sierra-Guerrero, Angela R. Amarillo-Suárez Domestic gardens contribute substantially to green spaces in cities, where urbanization removes and fragments natural landscapes, causing the loss of biodiversity and the homogenization of biota. We analyzed the diversity and composition of the flora of 70 domestic gardens in seven localities in Bogotá, Colombia, which represent different periods of expansion of the city. Floristic composition and diversity were related to the...
Eligible reference cities in relation to BVOC-derived O3 pollution
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 28 Author(s): Angelo Fierravanti, Elio Fierravanti, Claudia Cocozza, Roberto Tognetti, Sergio Rossi Forested patches play an important ecological role in urbanized landscapes. Nevertheless, in particular conditions, trees can paradoxically worsen air quality through the emission of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (BVOCs) (i.e., isoprenoids), which participate to the reactions forming O3 together with anthropogenic VOCs and nitrogen oxides (NOX). Given the continuous increase in urban...

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