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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...
The effect of nature and physical activity on emotions and attention while engaging in green exercise
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 24 Author(s): Ke-Tsung Han Green exercise offers the synergistic benefits of both contact with nature and physical activity for humans. This study explored the relationship between nature, physical activity, and well-being, addressing a gap in the research (Hartig et al., 2014). This study further investigated whether and how nature, exercise, or a combination of both produces these benefits. Nature was quantified as the visible greenness rate to measure the continuum from natural to man-made, instead...
Forces generated in rigging trees with single and co-dominant stems
01. Mai 2017
Publication date: May 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 24 Author(s): Brian Kane Despite the inherent danger that accompanies rigging trees, very few studies have investigated this important aspect of arboricultural practice. Following work we completed in 2009, there appear to be no studies that address limitations of our work. Using similar methods to our original work (Kane et al., 2009), we explored additional aspects of rigging and built upon our previous study, considering trees with co-dominant stems and measuring acceleration of the stem near the...
Bringing nature to work: Preferences and perceptions of constructed indoor and natural outdoor workspaces
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 23 Author(s): Giancarlo Mangone, Colin A. Capaldi, Zack M. van Allen, P.G. Luscuere From the mere presence of plants to window views of nearby nature, contact with nature in the workplace has been associated with increased productivity and creativity, as well as positive emotional and physical health outcomes. Nevertheless, if nature is to be incorporated within or near workplaces effectively, it is important that workers perceive natural spaces to be conducive, and not detrimental, to...
Review on the roles and effects of growing media on plant performance in green roofs in world climates
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 23 Author(s): Fatemeh Kazemi, Ruzica Mohorko Growing media (substrate) is a fundamental part of a green roof, providing water, nutrients and support to plants. However, little research has reviewed how it affects plant performances in different climatic regions. This study aims to analyse published research on green roof growing medium across world’s climate zones. Findings are structured according to Köppen–Geiger climate classification, aiming to investigate the prevalence of research...
Biochar-based nursery substrates: The effect of peat substitution on reduced salinity
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 23 Author(s): Sara Di Lonardo, Silvia Baronti, Francesco Primo Vaccari, Lorenzo Albanese, Piero Battista, Franco Miglietta, Laura Bacci The growing of ornamental plants for urban greening has significant environmental and economic implications. In particular, the intensive use of peat and high-quality water at the nursery stage is sensitive due to the problems of soil depletion and water salinization even in urban areas. In these contexts, a preference for salinity-resistant species and...
The link between school environments and student academic performance
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 23 Author(s): Byoung-Suk Kweon, Christopher D. Ellis, Junga Lee, Kim Jacobs Healthy school environments are critical for children to learn, play, and grow. Although research focusing specifically on the benefits of green spaces on academic performance is limited, the current research does in fact point to the link between greater amounts of trees on campuses and higher academic performance. We are beginning to develop an understanding of the benefits of trees but only a few comprehensive studies...
Ecosystem services of allotment and community gardens: A Leipzig, Germany case study
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 23 Author(s): Ines Cabral, Jessica Keim, Rolf Engelmann, Roland Kraemer, Julia Siebert, Aletta Bonn Allotment gardens and community gardens provide important ecosystem services to urban communities, such as local climate and water regulation, as well as habitat provision for biodiversity. Using the city of Leipzig as a case study, we assess the effect of urban gardening type and intensity of management on ecosystem services and biodiversity by comparing allotment and community gardens...
Perceived access to recreational/green areas as an effect modifier of the relationship between health and neighbourhood noise/air quality: Results from the 3rd European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS...
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 23 Author(s): Donka D. Dimitrova, Angel M. Dzhambov The present study tests the hypothesis that better access to recreational/green areas modifies the adverse effects of neighbourhood noise and air quality on health. We re-analysed the cross-national representative sample of the 3rd European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) (2011–2012). Data were available on self-rated health, neighbourhood noise, air quality, access to recreational/green areas, and other sociodemographic and neighbourhood...
Investigation of plant growth and flower performance on a semi-extensive green roof
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 23 Author(s): Ayako Nagase, Nigel Dunnett, Min-Sung Choi Understanding of plant growth and flower performance is crucial for appropriate planting design. This study was aimed to understand characteristics of growth pattern and flower performance in green roof plants and how plant species diversity effect these characteristics. A semi-extensive green roof was installed in 2005 and 54 species plant species were planted in 10cm and 20cm of the substrate in Rotherham, UK. Thirty-two quadrats...
How climate change perception is reshaping attitudes towards the functional benefits of urban trees and green space: Lessons from Hong Kong
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 23 Author(s): Alex Y. Lo, Jason A. Byrne, C.Y. Jim Urban greening has rapidly emerged as a key urban climate change adaptation strategy. Urban greening is thought to confer manifold socio-ecological benefits upon residents in towns and cities. Yet proponents of urban greening have seldom considered how people’s support for greening policies may be shaped by weather and climate. This paper reports the results of exploratory research examining public expectations of adverse weather changes and...
Patterns of urban forest composition in Utah’s growing mountain communities
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 23 Author(s): Anne Thomas, Richard A. Gill Urban forests provide critical ecosystem services in cities of the Western United States, including regulating thermal extremes, supporting biological diversity, and providing cultural and recreational services. However, these services may come with trade-offs such as heavy water demand in arid environments. Thus, afforestation and its effect on the water budget – as well as other ecosystem services – can be contingent on the species composition of...
Influence of changing trees locations on thermal comfort on street parking lot and footways
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 23 Author(s): Dragan D. Milošević, Ivana V. Bajšanski, Stevan M. Savić Locations of trees in street parking lots (SPL) impact outdoor thermal comfort and should be considered during the urban planning process. In this paper we developed a procedure for changing trees locations in order to improve outdoor thermal comfort on SPL and associated footways. Furthermore, a sensitivity test on the effect of different tree crown shapes on outdoor thermal comfort was carried out. We applied theprocedure...
Assessing the performance of urban forest carbon sequestration models using direct measurements of tree growth
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 24 March 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Vanessa K.S. Boukili, Daniel P. Bebber, Tegan Mortimer, Gitte Venicx, David Lefcourt, Mark Chandler, Cristina Eisenberg Across cities worldwide, people are recognizing the value of greenspace in ameliorating the health and well-being of those living there, and are investing significant resources to improve their greenspace. Although models have been developed to allow the quantification of ecosystem services provided by urban trees, refinement and calibration of...
Transforming the Economic Value of Hillside Housing – A Case Study of Seoul, South Korea
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 23 March 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Heeyeun Yoon This study examines transforming real estate value of urban hillside for residential developments, drawing on two-fold panel analyses: a random-effect panel modeling and a growth-curve panel modeling, in Seoul, South Korea from 1990 to 2015. The results reveal the reduced gap between the land values in hillside and low-lying residential sites as moving toward 2015, evidenced by the rapidly growing rate of increase of land value in the former, whereby the parabolic...
The Influence Of Glyphosate On Carotenoid Pigments and Reactive Oxygen Species Scavenging Enzymes and Secondary Stress Metabolites Within Leaf Tissue Of Three Acer Species.
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 21 March 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Glynn C Percival Glyphosate is a commonly used systemic herbicide in urban landscapes. Incidental spray drift and/or ground water contamination potentially represents an under-estimated problem that can detrimentally impact on the biology of trees. There are few studies that have investigated differences in tolerance of urban trees to glyphosate-induced oxidative stress. Aims of this study were to quantify the influence of a range of pigments (carotenoids (lutein:β-carotene...
Cultural ecosystem benefits of urban and peri-urban green infrastructure across different European countries
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 20 March 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): L. O’Brien, R. DeVreese, M. Kern, T. Sievanen, B. Stojanova, E. Atmis
Strategic removal of host trees in isolated, satellite infestations of emerald ash borer can reduce population growth
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 19 March 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Samuel J. Fahrner, Mark Abrahamson, Robert C. Venette, Brian H. Aukema Emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle causing significant mortality of ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) in North America and western Russia. The invasive range has expanded to more than half of the states in the United States since the initial detection in Michigan, USA in 2002. Emerald ash borer is typically managed with a combination of techniques including surveys/trapping, insecticide treatments, host...
Garden culture as heritage: a pilot study of garden culture conservation based on Norwegian examples
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Lei Gao, Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of garden culture conservation. In current garden conservation frameworks, garden owners’ values of their heritage gardens are rarely considered. What do garden owners value the most? What does it mean to heritage conservation? What are the objectives of garden conservation when taking garden owners’ views into consideration? Using data collected through qualitative interviews in Norway...
Quality assessment of three warm-season turfgrasses growing in different substrate depths on shallow green roof systems
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 18 March 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Author(s): Nikolaos Ntoulas, Panayiotis A. Nektarios, Grigorios Kotopoulis, Paraskevas Ilia, Theodora Ttooulou In an effort to increase the accessibility and functionality of shallow green roof systems, the ability of warm-season grasses to provide acceptable growth needs to be further investigated. In the current study, which was conducted during 2011 and 2012, three warm-season grasses (hybrid bermudagrass, Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers. x C. transvaalensis Burtt-Davy ‘MiniVerde...

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