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A comparison of neighbourhood liveability as perceived by two groups of residents: Tehran, Iran and Tartu, Estonia
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 35Author(s): Saeid Norouzian-Maleki, Simon Bell, Seyed-Bagher Hosseini, Mohsen Faizi, Bahram Saleh-SedghpourAbstractLiveability is an important component of the sustainable urban environment, especially in residential neighbourhoods. This study presents a comparison in perceived liveability between residents living in two very different locations, Tehran, Iran and Tartu, Estonia, using a questionnaire survey (n = 102). The image-questionnaire was used to measure residents’ response towards environmental...
Manipulating hedgerow quality: Embankment size influences animal biodiversity in a peri-urban context
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 35Author(s): S. Lecq, A. Loisel, S.J. Mullin, X. BonnetAbstractHedgerowsare important features within urban, peri-urban, and agricultural habitats because they shelter most of the biodiversity in a landscape dominated by infrastructures or a monoculture. Hedges are characterized by their vegetative cover but also by their base, notably the breadth of the embankment and the various microhabitats made by stones, coarse woody debris, and leaf litter. These features determine the availabilities of arboreal and ground...
Green exposure of walking routes and residential areas using smartphone tracking data and GIS in a Mediterranean city
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Publication date: Available online 15 August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Guillem Vich, Oriol Marquet, Carme Miralles-Guasch
Identifying Multispecies Connectivity Corridors and the Spatial Pattern of the Landscape
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Publication date: Available online 7 August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Ebru Ersoy, Anna Jorgensen, Philip H. WarrenAbstractThe maintenance and enhancement of connectivity for multispecies is a challenging issue for biodiversity conservation and landscape planning. It is well-known that different elements of the landscape matrix provide different levels of permeability to species moving across the landscape, but such effects may be species-specific. Whilst the spatial articulation of connectivity corridors is highly dependent on how we define them, and which...
Influence of evaporative cooling by urban forests on cooling demand in cities
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Publication date: Available online 6 August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Joseph L. Moss, Kieron J. Doick, Stefan Smith, Mehdi ShahrestaniAbstractTrees provide important ecosystem services to urban human society. Their absence can lead to more pronounced environmental and social consequences, for example the urban heat island effect. Evapotranspiration (Et) from trees reduces air temperature in the urban microclimate by converting sensible heat to latent heat. Quantification and valuation of the ecosystem services provided by urban trees is important for improving...
Exploring the characteristics of successful volunteer-led urban forest tree committees in Massachusetts
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Richard W. Harper, Emily S. Huff, David V. Bloniarz, Stephen DeStefano, Craig R. NicolsonAbstractCitizen engagement through urban forest tree committee volunteer service may aid in providing essential experience, ideas, and skills that support municipal tree management. Using semi-structured, research interviews with tree committee (TC) representatives from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this study addresses current knowledge gaps concerning the general composition, processes, and...
Design intensities in relation to visual aesthetic preference
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Wenyan Xu, Jingwei Zhao, Yidan Huang, Bin HuAbstractDesign intensity is defined as the amount of the original landscape changed and the degree of artificiality of added elements to the landscape by design. In spite of the significance for landscape design, it has been neglected for a long time by academic research. How does a designer choose an appropriate level of design intensity for a specific landscape to satisfy the users’ aesthetic preference? The answer is still unknown and important to...
University student perceptions of urban forestry as a career path
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Keith O’Herrin, Susan D. Day, P. Eric Wiseman, Curtis R. Friedel, John F. MunsellAbstractIn the United States, universities offering degrees in urban forestry are challenged by low enrollment. Meanwhile, there is a lack of racial/ethnic and gender diversity among U.S. urban forestry practitioners. Identifying factors that influence career choice could help inform recruitment efforts for urban forestry degree programs and the profession. We surveyed more than 1,000 undergraduate students enrolled in...
Do the threats of alder and birch allergenic pollen differ within an urban area?
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Katarzyna Borycka, Idalia KasprzykAbstractCurrently, the increasing frequency of inhalant allergy is often linked to the urbanization effect. The pollen forecasts for a given city are most often prepared using data from one aerobiological station. However, there is evidence that the pollen concentrations in the air might differ depending on the city area and the height of the pollen trap. This study evaluated the spatial differences in the daily concentrations of alder and birch pollen grains in an...
Feedback enhances greening during disaster recovery: A model of social and ecological processes in neighborhood scale investment
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Keith G. Tidball, Athena AktipisAbstractIn disaster recovery situations, including the post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans, greening behavior (i.e., the planting of trees, flowers and other plants) is thought to play an important role in social, ecological and economic recovery. In this paper, we use agent-based modeling to investigate and understand the roles of green attachment (which encompasses place attachment and biophilia), engagement in local ecological investment (i.e., greening), and social...
The relationship between self-rated naturalness of university green space and students’ restoration and health
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Qunyue Liu, Yijun Zhang, Yiwei Lin, Da You, Wei Zhang, Qitang Huang, Cecil C. Konijnendijk van den Bosch, Siren LanAbstractA growing body of evidence indicates that university green space can promote students’ restoration and health. Nonetheless, only a few studies have focused on the relationship that exists among perceived naturalness, restoration and health. This study developed a self-rated naturalness scale (SRNS) to measure perceived naturalness, and examined the association between self-rated...
Planning for a green city: The Green Factor tool
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Sirkku JuholaAbstractIn recent years, new planning tools have emerged to aid planners to achieve multiple goals to sustainability. The Green Factor tool has been adopted by some cities to increase the share and effectiveness of green areas. This short communication asks how useful the Green Factor tool is and how it fits with the existing planning procedures regarding green areas through a qualitative case study in the city of Helsinki. The results show that while the tool functions well, improvements...
Age estimation of different tree species using a special kind of an electrically recording resistance drill
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Grzegorz Szewczyk, Radosław Wąsik, Krzysztof Leszczyński, Rafał PodlaskiAbstractThe determination of tree age is an important issue for urban green planning, forestry and dendrology; finding non-destructive and quasi-non-destructive methods for this purpose is of great theoretical and practical importance. The resistance drilling method is quasi-non-destructive because the average diameter of an opening that remains after drilling does not exceed 3 mm. Do electrically recording resistance drills...
The dimensions of urban green equity: A framework for analysis
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Lorien Nesbitt, Michael J. Meitner, Stephen R.J. Sheppard, Cynthia GirlingAbstractUrban vegetation, and in particular urban forests, provide a wide range of ecosystem services to urban societies and may thus be classified as environmental goods. Their status as goods suggests that urban societies’ interactions with urban vegetation should be subjected to equity analyses to determine the fairness of such interactions. However, despite good evidence that the distribution and governance of urban...
Residential greenspace might modify the effect of road traffic noise exposure on general mental health in students
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Angel M. Dzhambov, Iana Markevych, Boris G. Tilov, Donka D. DimitrovaAbstractTraffic noise has been linked to mental ill-health but little is known about the impact of residential greenspace on this relationship. In the present study, we investigated whether residential greenspace modified the effect of road traffic noise on general mental health in students. We collected cross-sectional data from 399 participants in the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Road traffic noise (Lden) level was calculated from...
Modeling height-diameter relationship for artificial monoculture Metasequoia glyptostroboides in sub-tropic coastal megacity Shanghai, China
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Ji Zheng, Hao Zang, Shan Yin, Ningxiao Sun, Penghua Zhu, Yujie Han, Hongzhang Kang, Chunjiang LiuAbstractTree height is a key variable in forest monitoring studies and for forest management. However, tree height measurement is time consuming, and the recommended procedure is to use estimates from tree height (H) - diameter at breast height (DBH) models. Increasingly, H-DBH models are being developed for urban forests, providing tools to forest management and ecosystem services estimation. Here, we...
Integrating urban blue and green areas based on historical evidence
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Ioan-Cristian Iojă, Gabriela Osaci-Costache, Jürgen Breuste, Constantina Alina Hossu, Simona R. Grădinaru, Diana Andreea Onose, Mihai Răzvan Nită, Hana SkokanováAbstractThe reduced proportion of open and especially green and blue spaces is one of the major threats experienced by cities. Scholars advocate for strategies to enhance green spaces in cities, but less attention is given to urban blue infrastructure, which also has important benefits for the health and well-being of the residents. The...
The impact of ancient tree form on modern landscape preferences
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Joseph B. Townsend, Susan BartonAbstractEmpirical studies of the relationship between aspects of the landscape and human emotions have been fruitful over the last few decades. In fact, we are awash in data that describes a correlation between natural landscapes and positive human feelings. While this plethora of data has been useful to various disciplines, it has not lead to an explanatory theory as to why and how the landscape should have this affect This paper proposes that the discipline of...
Public perceptions of ecosystem services and preferences for design scenarios of the flooded bank along the Three Gorges Reservoir: Implications for sustainable management of novel ecosystems
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Chundi Chen, Yuncai Wang, Junsong JiaAbstractThe newly formed extensive flooded land associated with the Three Gorges Reservoir hold great potentials to provide ecosystem services (ESs) for surrounding cities and communities. Conflicting values and conventional management strategies may complicate and inhibit broad-scale decision-making for this novel ecosystem. Public attitudes are a crucial influence in the way this process plays out. This study was conducted to assess how the reservoir bank is...
Public perceptions and attitudes toward green infrastructure on buildings: The case of the metropolitan area of Athens, Greece
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 34Author(s): Georgios Tsantopoulos, Gregory Varras, Ekaterini Chiotelli, Konstantina Fotia, Maria BatouAbstractAs the impact of green space shrinkage in urban centers becomes obvious, local and regional authorities must adopt environmental planning policies that can help create new green areas to ensure a good quality of life for citizens, along with the rehabilitation of the natural environment. One approach is the promotion of green infrastructure on buildings, including multi-dwelling apartment buildings. In...