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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...
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...
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...
Rootzone mixture affects the population of root-invading fungi in zoysiagrass
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: Available online 14 April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Tianzeng Liu, Jialing Li, Juming Zhang Rootzone mixture is well known to affect the root growth of turfgrass below ground and turf quality, but limited information is available on the effect of the mixture on the population of root-invading fungi. The main objective of this study was to determine the population of root-invading fungi in zoysiagrass (Zoysia japonica) grown in five different rootzone mixtures in Guangzhou, China. Pathogenicity of six fungal isolates was tested...
Evaluating restoration success of a 40-year-old urban forest in reference to mature natural forest
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: Available online 13 April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Takeshi Sasaki, Hiroaki Ishii, Yukihiro Morimoto We assessed whether forest restoration was successful in Expo ’70 Commemorative Park in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, which was planted in the 1970s with native late-successional tree species. Detailed survey and analysis of species composition, stand vertical stratification, and forest dynamics, including comparison with a reference natural late-successional forest, were conducted. The restoration plots had grown to larger basal...
Urban park vegetation cover predicts the removal of human food waste by animals
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: Available online 13 April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 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...
Biocultural diversity: a novel concept to assess human-nature interrelations, nature conservation and stewardship in cities
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: Available online 9 April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): B.H.M. Elands, K. Vierikko, E. Andersson, L.K. Fischer, P. Gonçalves, D. Haase, I. Kowarik, A.C. Luz, J. Niemelä, M. Santos-Reis, K.F. Wiersum
Assessment of Women’s Familiarity Perceptions and Preferences in terms of Plants Origins in the Urban Parks of Tabriz, Iran
01. Mai 2018
Publication date: Available online 4 April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Ahmad Hami, Mahsa Tarashkar This study evaluates women’s views towards and perceptual preferences for plant familiarity in urban parks. A visual questionnaire containing scenes of native, semi-native, and non-native plant species was distributed among 178 female participants. Women are more familiar with native landscapes, including Arasbaran scenes and its native plants such as Platanus occidentalis, and prefer these scenes to others. B-variable correlation result between...
Indicator development for sustainable urban park management in Hong Kong
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 31 Author(s): Chung-Shing Chan, Fung Hoi Si, Lawal M. Marafa Urban park managers in densely-populated metropolises such as Hong Kong have to cope with dynamic user expectations, the impacts of recreation, and the shortage of resources over time, and the goal to improve park management strategies is ongoing. Indicators are potentially effective yardsticks for measuring park conditions and explaining the implications of various conditions on sustainable park management. This study solicits an...
Growing on the street: Multilevel correlates of street tree growth in Montreal
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 31 Author(s): Sophie Limoges, Thi-Thanh-Hien Pham, Philippe Apparicio Tree planting has been favoured in many North American cities, including Montreal which aims to increase its canopy from 20% to 25% in 2025. However, the mortality rate of street trees is especially high in the first few years after planting. Studies have shown that variables that are intrinsic to the tree and those related to its location, the urban form and the socio-demographic characteristics of the surrounding environment...
Photosynthetic and morphological responses of oak species to temperature and [CO2] increased to levels predicted for 2050
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 31 Author(s): D. Killi, F. Bussotti, E. Gottardini, M. Pollastrini, J. Mori, C. Tani, A. Papini, F. Ferrini, A. Fini Urban forests are environmentally, climatically, socially and economically important. An understanding of the response of urban trees to future climate change is crucial to the maintenance of urban forests and the ecosystem services they support. We conducted a controlled environment pot-experiment on four-year-old Mediterranean oak species: the evergreen Quercus ilex...
Soundscape effects on visiting experience in city park: A case study in Fuzhou, China
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 31 Author(s): Jiang Liu, Yichao Xiong, Yajun Wang, Tao Luo The main objective of this study was to reveal the relationships between sound/soundscape perception and public visiting experience in city parks, based on a questionnaire survey of 146 park users in West Lake park in Fuzhou, China. The results indicated that, the three visiting experience indicators, i.e., soundscape tranquil degree (STD), landscape aesthetic degree (LAD) and visiting satisfaction degree (VSD) were positively related...
Memory and resilience: A two-pronged approach to natural spaces in Colombia’s transition to a peaceful society
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 31 Author(s): Sylvie Nail The analysis of spontaneous environmental initiatives undertaken by individuals and communities in cases of conflicts has led to a growing research field in social science, according to which the community-based stewardship of nature seems to conduce to the resilience of co-evolved social-ecological systems. In Colombia, where no such research exists so far, the conflict which officially ended in November 2016 has led to massive internal migration due to forced displacement...
Challenges of urban green space management in the face of using inadequate data
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 31 Author(s): Marcin Feltynowski, Jakub Kronenberg, Tomasz Bergier, Nadja Kabisch, Edyta Łaszkiewicz, Michael W. Strohbach Effective urban planning, and urban green space management in particular, require proper data on urban green spaces. The potential of urban green spaces to provide benefits to urban inhabitants (ecosystem services) depends on whether they are managed as a comprehensive system of urban green infrastructure, or as isolated islands falling under the responsibility of...
How eye-catching are natural features when walking through a park? Eye-tracking responses to videos of walks
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 31 Author(s): Marco Amati, Ebadat Ghanbari Parmehr, Chris McCarthy, Jodi Sita Since the 1960s researchers have developed a range of techniques for evaluating landscape preference. In parallel with this trend, eye-tracking technology has become cheaper, more mobile and more accurate, heralding a new era of big data capture and analysis for landscape preference. In this project our objective was to capitalise on the increasing mobility, sophistication and cheapness of eye-tracking technology to...

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