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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...
Exploring the urban park use, preference and behaviours among the residents of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Maruthaveeran Sreetheran The understanding of cross-cultural upon park usage is vital to be enhanced among public since findings that been discovered in the Western context are not own any similarities with the Asian context. In fact, it has been in a long run for the Western nations to primarily contextualized and conceptualized much on the literature of park usage. This study aims to look at how the people use and perceive urban parks in their daily life in the Malaysian cultural...
Does time spent on visits to green space mediate the associations between the level of residential greenness and mental health?
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Magdalena van den Berg, Mireille van Poppel, Graham Smith, Margarita Triguero-Mas, Sandra Andrusaityte, Irene van Kamp, Willem van Mechelen, Christopher Gidlow, Regina Gražulevičiene, Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen, Hanneke Kruize, Jolanda Maas Objective The objective of the current study was to explore whether time spent visiting green space near home acts as a mediator in the association between level of residential greenness and perceived mental health. Methods...
The social and economic value of cultural ecosystem services provided by urban forests in North America: A review and suggestions for future research
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Lorien Nesbitt, Ngaio Hotte, Sara Barron, Judith Cowan, Stephen R.J. Sheppard With the majority of the world’s human population now living in cities, urban forests provide an increasingly important range of ecosystem services, from improved air quality and climate change adaptation to better public health outcomes and increased tourism revenues. The importance of these ecosystem services in urban environments, and the central role that cities play in the lives of people around...
Poisonous and allergenic plant species in preschool’s and primary school’s yards in the city of Novi Sad
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Snežana Mrđan, Mirjana Ljubojević, Saša Orlović, Jelena Čukanović, Jovana Dulić Presence of the poisonous and allergenic plant species was observed in 8 primary schools and 6 preschools in Novi Sad, Serbia. The aim of this research was to determine the extent to which pre-school and school-age children are exposed to harmful plant species and also to gain insight does the present landscaping take into account the appropriateness in the use of certain ornamental species in...
Step-by-step approach to ranking green roof retrofit potential in urban areas: A case study of Lisbon, Portugal
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Cristina Matos Silva, Inês Flores-Colen, Maria Antunes In the last years, green roofs have become increasingly popular to improve urban life and help overcome environmental challenges. This paper presents a methodology to rank existing built areas when planning green roofs installation on existing buildings. First, the methodology identifies neighborhoods with real possibilities of receiving green roofs. A further refinement uses urban indexes to estimate the green needs of each...
Spatial decay of recreational services of urban parks: Characteristics and influencing factors
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: July 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 25 Author(s): Wenping Liu, Weijuan Chen, Chenlu Dong Recent research on factors influencing park accessibility, equity and efficiency of park use has received increasing attention. These factors are mainly determined by the maximum distance to urban parks and associated park-based and user-based factors. Variations of recreational services caused by the spatial relationship between urban parks and residences are almost ignored. This paper investigates how recreational services decay from urban parks...
The effects of “greening” urban areas on the perceptions of tranquillity
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: Available online 26 May 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 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...
The distinct ecological and social roles that wild spaces play in urban ecosystems
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: Available online 26 May 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Caragh G. Threlfall, Dave Kendal There is global interest in increasing the complexity of urban ecosystems to benefit both people and nature in cities. However, to successfully plan for and manage more complex landscapes greater attention is needed on understanding the complementary role of different types of green spaces in cities. Wild spaces occur in many forms across the landscape. In this paper, we discuss the different social and ecological roles that wild urban spaces play...
“Not in their front yard” The opportunities and challenges of introducing perennial urban meadows: A local authority stakeholder perspective
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: Available online 25 May 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Helen Hoyle, Anna Jorgensen, Philip Warren, Nigel Dunnett, Karl Evans The growing evidence base for the benefits for people and wildlife of nature-based solutions to managing urban green infrastructure lacks research investigating land manager perspectives on their implementation. To address this gap, we explored UK local authority manager perceptions of the challenges and opportunities of introducing perennial urban meadows to prioritise biodiversity and aesthetics. This...
Primary productivity in cities and their influence over subtropical bird assemblages
01. Juli 2017
Publication date: Available online 11 May 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Josefina Haedo, Antonela Gioia, Ezequiel Aráoz, Leonardo Paolini, Agustina Malizia
Measuring the effect of plant-community composition on carbon fixation on green roofs
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 24 Author(s): Har’el Agra, Tamir Klein, Amiel Vasl, Gyongyver Kadas, Leon Blaustein Green roofs provide many ecosystem services such as regulation of building temperatures, reducing urban heat-island effects and draining rainwater. In addition, they are expected to reduce the high levels of CO2 concentrations in big cities. Previous CO2 fixation studies on green roofs were done by taking long-time-period samples using expensive equipment and with limited replication. To plan green roofs for...

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