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Public preferences toward shopping mall interior landscape design in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 30 Author(s): Ahmad Hami, Fazilah Fazle Moula, Suhardi Bin Maulan The number of malls in Malaysia has not only increased dramatically, but they have also been subject to continual expansion over the past few years. Despite this rate of expansion, there has not been enough attention paid to the quality of the spaces and interior landscaping of the malls on the basis of people’s preferences. This study aimed to bring out people’s preferences towards interior public spaces at shopping malls...
Tourism sustainability in the Bogor Botanical Gardens, Indonesia
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 30 Author(s): Sumisto Halim Hengky, Zaal Kikvidze The Bogor Botanical Gardens (BBG) represents one of the most prominent gardens in the largest urbanised area of SE Asia. However, the BBG is poorly visible in academic literature, and research on its role as an urban forest is particularly lacking. This study assesses sustainability of tourism management in the BBG. Stakeholders such as staff members, travel agents, tour guides, etc. were interviewed. The analysis of the responses showed that the...
Tree planting in urban and peri-urban of Kinshasa: Survey of factors facilitating agroforestry adoption
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 30 Author(s): P. Gabriel Etshekape, A.R. Atangana, Damase P. Khasa Fast-growing cities in tropical countries are characterized by rapid and unplanned urbanization, food crop farming and gardening in urban and peri-urban areas, and woodfuel gathering in surrounding forested areas. While urban forestry and agriculture has drawn the attention of science, decision makers, and practitioners as a valuable strategic components of the cities and of their green infrastructure, little effort has been made...
Carbohydrate dynamics in roots, stems, and branches after maintenance pruning in two common urban tree species of North America
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 30 Author(s): J.A. Ramirez, I.T. Handa, J.M. Posada, S. Delagrange, C. Messier The ability of plants to tolerate stress is determined in part by the carbon allocated to their reserves. We studied two common urban tree species in northeastern North America, Acer saccharinum (Silver maple, native) and Acer platanoides (Norway maple, exotic), to assess the dynamics of non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) concentrations immediately following a maintenance pruning of 30% of the tree crown. NSC...
Needle disinfection and bioptic wood sampling achieved with a disposable for drill resistance measurement devices
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 30 Author(s): Luana Giordano, Fabiano Sillo, Roberto Martinis, Andrea Rettori, Paolo Gonthier Needle drill resistance measurement devices (NDRMDs) are often used during tree hazard assessment campaigns to detect and measure the extent of wood decay and other defects of wood in trees, despite of the possibility of transmission of potentially pathogenic microbial inoculum from tree to tree through unclean needles. Here, we describe a disposable connectable to NDRMDs through an adapter and we...
Multi-scale assessment of cultural ecosystem services of parks in Central European cities
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 30 Author(s): Iwona Zwierzchowska, Angela Hof, Ioan-Cristian Iojă, Christian Mueller, Lidia Poniży, Juergen Breuste, Andrzej Mizgajski Cultural ecosystem services (CES) provided by urban parks are complex phenomena and the diversity of user perspectives and their rather loose linkages to the objective and structural diversity of parks hamper informed planning. Stakeholder involvement in CES assessment has received little systematic attention and only few studies provide examples of the...
Evaluating the impact of individual leaf traits on atmospheric particulate matter accumulation using natural and synthetic leaves
Publication date: March 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 30 Author(s): Udeshika Weerakkody, John W. Dover, Paul Mitchell, Kevin Reiling The ability of vegetation to capture and retain atmospheric Particulate Matter (PM) is directly dependent on the interactions between PM and plant surfaces. However, the impact of individual leaf traits in this respect is still under debate due to variations in published findings. This study employed standardised experimental designs with natural and synthetic leaves in three experiments to explore the impact of...
The effects of trees on air pollutant levels in peri-urban near-road environments
Publication date: Available online 12 January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Viljami Viippola, Thomas H. Whitlow, Wenlin Zhao, Vesa Yli-Pelkonen, Juha Mikola, Richard Pouyat, Heikki Setälä It is often stated that plants remove air pollutants from the urban atmosphere with their large leaf area, thus providing benefits − i.e. ecosystem services − for citizens. However, empirical evidence showing that local-scale air quality is uniformly improved by urban forests is scarce. We studied the influence of conifer-dominated peri-urban forests...
Remote sensing of bark beetle damage in urban forests at individual tree level using a novel hyperspectral camera from UAV and aircraft
Publication date: Available online 12 January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Roope Näsi, Eija Honkavaara, Minna Blomqvist, Päivi Lyytikäinen-Saarenmaa, Teemu Hakala, Niko Viljanen, Tuula Kantola, Markus Holopainen Climate-related extended outbreaks and range shifts of destructive bark beetle species pose a serious threat to urban boreal forests in North America and Fennoscandia. Recent developments in low-cost remote sensing technologies offer an attractive means for early detection and management of environmental change. They are of...
Effect of native habitat on the cooling ability of six nursery-grown tree species and cultivars for future roadside plantings
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Laura Myrtiá Faní Stratópoulos, Swantje Duthweiler, Karl-Heinz Häberle, Stephan Pauleit Vegetation in urban areas provides benefits to people, which are increasingly assessed and valued as ecosystem services (ESS). The regulation of the urban microclimate is one of these services, since trees have the potential to reduce urban heat loads by evapotranspiration and shading. Simultaneously, it has been suggested that trees from dry habitats should be used to cope with...
Urban Heat Islands in Relation to Green Land Use in European Cities
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Mojca Nastran, Milan Kobal, Klemen Eler The phenomenon of increased temperature in cities compared to their rural environs, also referred to as urban heat island, is one of the most evident anthropogenic climatic modifications. Introducing green spaces and vegetation is the fastest, simplest, and a highly effective way of mitigating and adapting urban temperature conditions. The primary goal of the presented research is to identify the interrelationship between urban heat...
An investigation of branch stresses induced by arboricultural operations
Publication date: Available online 9 January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Ignacio Cetrangolo, Sanjay R. Arwade, Brian Kane This paper presents a method for assessing the safety of tree branches subject to unorthodox climbing approaches and possible falls. The method entails finite element modeling of the tree branch, experimentally or analytically determining loads associated with an ascending or falling climber, and computing stresses and safety factor along the length of the branch using dynamic structural analysis. A case study example is...
The importance of native valley oaks (Quercus lobata) as stopover habitat for migratory songbirds in urban Sacramento, California, USA
Publication date: Available online 5 January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Steven E. Greco, Daniel A. Airola Urban development occupies over 375,000 ha (6%) of California's Central Valley, and expansion continues to displace natural and agricultural landscapes. The value of urban areas as habitat for native wildlife and the characteristics that determine its value, however, remain little studied. Many Neotropical migrant passerine bird species are declining due to changes in breeding, migratory, and wintering habitats and climatic conditions...
Arthropod assemblages and functional responses along an urbanization gradient: a trait-based multi-taxa approach
Publication date: Available online 5 January 2018 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Dávid D. Nagy, Tibor Magura, Roland Horváth, Zsuzsanna Debnár, Béla Tóthmérész Urbanization causes considerable alteration across a wide range of ecosystem functions at regional and global scales. These changes could be key drivers of habitat stability and ecosystem services in urban greenspaces. The aim of this study was to test the influence of urbanization on taxonomic and functional diversities of arthropods of different trophic levels. We collected predator...
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...

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