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Residents’ preferences for roses, features of rose plantings and the relations between them in built-up areas of Beijing, China
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Hua Wang, Yuan Yang, Maofu Li, Jiashen Liu, Wanmei Jin Rose (Rosa spp.), in addition to its commercial importance as a cut flower, forms part of the urban fabric of many cities and contributes to many ecological functions. To increase purchases by consumers and choose appropriate types of roses for urban planning, there is growing interest in understanding differences in residents’ rose preferences, the distribution and features of roses, as well as the relations between them...
Using ground penetrating radar to locate and categorise tree roots under urban pavements
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Peter Nichols, Adrian McCallum, Terry Lucke Street trees are commonly associated with pavement cracking and lifting, resulting in costly repair of the pavement and/or removal of the affected tree/s. This study used Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to evaluate the effectiveness of three different prototype permeable pavement designs in reducing pavement damage caused by street tree roots (Melaleuca quinquenervia). Initial tests conducted in a simulated test environment were then...
Toward multifunctional landscapes in Australian cities: What disciplinary dynamics and practitioner strategies inform transdisciplinary practice?
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Ana Guzmán Ruiz, Meredith Dobbie, Rebekah R. Brown Transdisciplinary practice is considered essential for achieving multifunctional landscapes in cities. But we lack empirical evidence and frameworks that could help us clarify its role and scope. This study seeks to offer empirical evidence by comparing the role of transdisciplinary practice in two projects delivering multifunctional landscapes. What disciplinary dynamics played out in these projects, and what strategies did...
Quantifying the cool island effects of urban green spaces using remote sensing Data
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Hongyu Du, Wenbo Cai, Yanqing Xu, Zhibao Wang, Yuanyuan Wang, Yongli Cai Urban Heat Island (UHI) leads to increased energy consumption, aggravated pollution and threatened health of citizens. Urban green spaces mitigate UHI effects, however, it is still unclear how the green space characteristics and its surrounding environment affects the green space cool island (GCI). In this study, land surface temperature (LST) and land cover types within the outmost ring road of Shanghai...
An archaeological and historical exploration of the origins of green roofs
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): C.Y. Jim The origin of green roof could be interpreted as old wine in new bottle and traced to antiquity. Archaeological and historical records and contemporary geographical-ecological assessments provide ample evidence to interpret the birth and progressive evolution of the cultural heritage. Studies in different places find early shelters using different natural materials. Humans living in harsh climates need particularly effective weather-proof enclosures to survive. The Arctic...
Analysis of micro-climate on the programs of urban infrastructure regeneration in J city, Republic of Korea
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Kiyong Park, Daewuk Kim, Manhyung Lee, Changkyoo Choi The purpose of this study is to simulate urban micro-climate change due to the variation of wind flow and temperature assuming situations before and after applying programs using urban infrastructure regeneration technologies (UIRTs), and to then quantitatively estimate effectiveness on the urban regeneration schems. UIRTs focus on improving the recycling efficiencies of reclaimed water and biogas produced and to enforce the...
A review of the outcomes from contracting out urban green space maintenance: What we know, don’t know and should know
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Andrej Christian Lindholst Private delivery, i.e. contracting out, of maintenance services in urban parks and green spaces has since the 1980s been spurred by neoliberal reform promises of improved performance. This article contributes to discussions of whether contracting out park and green space maintenance services is a well-performing alternative by evaluating what is known – and not known – about the outcomes in a narrative review of thirteen studies bridging experiences from...
Public green spaces and human wellbeing: Mapping the spatial inequity and mismatching status of public green space in the Central City of Shanghai
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Yanan Shen, Fengyun Sun, Yue Che Public green spaces are fundamental and indispensable to urban settlements, given the diverse social, economic and environmental benefits that they can provide. However, the absence of knowledge regarding the allocation and access status quo consistently hinders the suitability and rationality of follow-up green space planning, which could eventually impair the livability and sustainability of cities. This study evaluates disparities in access to...
Can pruning help maintain vitality of ash trees affected by ash dieback in urban landscapes?
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Diana Marciulyniene, Kateryna Davydenko, Jan Stenlid, Michelle Cleary Hymenoscyphus fraxineus causes a destructive invasive tree disease known as ash dieback threatening the survival of common ash not only in the forests, but also in urban and landscape settings. Pruning is a potential management practice that could help maintain tree vitality and aesthetics in parks, gardens, alleys and recreation areas, as well as maintaining veteran trees having high heritage or cultural...
The utility of ancient forest indicator species in urban environments: A case study from Poznań, Poland
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Marcin K. Dyderski, Jarosław Tyborski, Andrzej M. Jagodziński We aimed to assess the impact of land-use structure on AFIS occurrence and evaluation of these bioindicators in urban conditions. We compiled data about forest continuity based on archival maps and forest management plans; floristic records of 79 AFIS occurrences were collected within a 1×1km grid and land-use form structure in Poznań (W Poland). We tested fidelity of AFIS using χ2 tests and effects of land-use...
Urban parks can maintain minimal resilience for Neotropical bird communities
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): César A. Estevo, Mariana Baldy Nagy-Reis, Wesley Rodrigues Silva Birds may use urban parks as shelter and refuge, contributing with numerous ecosystem services upon which humans and other organisms depend on. To safeguard these services, it is important that bird communities of urban environments hold some degree of resilience, which refers to the capacity of a system to absorb disturbances and changes, while maintaining its functions and structures. Here we assessed the resilience...
The dynamics and conservation of forest ecosystems in Bucharest Metropolitan Area
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Ines Grigorescu, Sorin Geacu Over the recent years, metropolitan regions dealt with the growing problems of urban growth, land use/land cover changes, landscape fragmentation, deforestation and loss of natural vegetation. By its position in the Romanian Plain (southern Romania), Bucharest Metropolitan Area faced significant land transformations over the past centuries due its favourable natural, socio-political and economic conditions which shaped the prerequisites for...
The role of urban habitats in the abundance of red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris, L.) in Finland
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Jukka Jokimäki, Vesa Selonen, Aleksi Lehikoinen, Marja-Liisa Kaisanlahti-Jokimäki Because the amount of urban areas has increased, it is important to investigate the abundance of wildlife species in relation to urban environments. Analyzing the impact of urbanization on the presence of forest-dwelling mammals is of interest due to the possible effects of urbanization on human-wildlife relationships and urban biodiversity. The Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is a...
Spatial and temporal variability of air temperature across urban neighborhoods with varying amounts of tree canopy
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): D.A. Howe, J.M. Hathaway, K.N. Ellis, L.R. Mason Recent studies have emphasized the presence of microclimates in urban settings, but most do not have the high resolution observations necessary to understand the interactions taking place at a neighborhood scale. This study used a network of 10 identical weather stations and high resolution land cover data in Knoxville, Tennessee, to analyze the microclimates of a medium-sized city with a temperate climate. Two stations were...
Extended flowering and high weed resistance within two layer designed perennial “prairie-meadow” vegetation
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): James Hitchmough, Markus Wagner, Hanim Ahmad Interactions between two canopy layers in a designed perennial herbaceous plant community were investigated over a period of four and a half years to see whether it was possible to create an urban landscape vegetation that was both flower rich for an extensive time period and resistant to weed colonization at very low levels of maintenance by sowing seed in situ. The ecologically novel plant community involved a tall over-canopy layer of...
Do forest and health professionals presume that forests offer health benefits, and is cross-sectional cooperation conceivable?
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 27 Author(s): Katharina Meyer, Kerstin Botsch In high-income countries depression and cardiovascular diseases were predicted to be the two leading causes of DALYs in the year 2030. Private-life stress fosters both kinds of diseases. Scientific findings already show that forest exposure has stress-reducing effects. Particularly in Japan, people have practiced forest bathing to improve their health. The German population also has a strong connection to its forests, and forest law allows forest...
Varying age-gender associations between body mass index and urban greenspace
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Heather A. Sander, Debarchana Ghosh, Cody B. Hodson Urban greenspace benefits urbanites in numerous ways ranging from regulating flooding, air quality, and local climate to providing opportunities for exercise and relaxation. These benefits may influence human health. Greenspace, for example, may facilitate exercise, thereby helping to reduce body mass index (BMI) and combat obesity, a current epidemic of great public health concern. Little evidence exists to support this assertion...
The effects of “greening” urban areas on the perceptions of tranquillity
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 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 include...
Radiative shading effect of urban trees on cooling the regional built environment
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Ruby Upreti, Zhi-Hua Wang, Jiachuan Yang Land use and land cover changes due to urbanization have led to significant modifications in the built environment at both local and regional scales, making adaptation/mitigation strategies imperative for the sustainable development of cities. While urban trees offer great potential for heat mitigation and enhanced environmental quality, most of the existing urban land surface models do not contain adequate representations of trees...
Enhancing wellbeing with psychological tasks along forest trails
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 26 Author(s): Kalevi Korpela, Eira-Maija Savonen, Suvi Anttila, Tytti Pasanen, Eleanor Ratcliffe The purpose of the study was to investigate whether deliberate psychological tasks, intended to focus people’s attention on the interaction between themselves and natural surroundings, are linked with mood enhancement and self-reported restoration. In four European countries (Finland, France, Luxembourg, Sweden), we surveyed the experiences of volunteers (N=299) who walked forest trails and...

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