Advances in Urban Ecology Integrating Humans and Ecological Processes in Urban Ecosystems

ISBN-10: 0387922911
ISBN-13: 9780387922911
Edition: 2008
Authors: Marina Alberti
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Springer London, Limited
Publication date: 12/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 366
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

The development of an integrated urban ecological approach is crucial to advance ecological research and to help planners and managers to solve complex urban environmental issues. This text meets these needs by providing a conceptual framework to synthesize urban and ecological dynamics into a common framework.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Urban Ecosystem
The Dynamics of Urban (Eco)Systems
Cities as Human Systems
Cities as Ecological Systems
Cities as Hybrid Ecosystems
Complexity, Emergent Properties, and Self-Organization
Resilience in Urban Ecosystems
Rationale for a Synthesis
Humans as a Component of Ecosystems
Emergence and Evolution of Settlement Patterns
Modeling Urban Development and Ecology
An Agent-Based Hierarchical Model
Modeling Changes in Land Use and Land Cover
Changes in Land Use and Land Cover in Puget Sound
Urban Patterns and Ecosystem Function
Patterns, Processes, and Functions in Urban Ecosystems
Net Primary Productivity
Hydrological Function
Nutrient Cycles
Biodiversity
Disturbance Regimes
An Empirical Study in Puget Sound
Landscape Signatures
Hybrid Urban Landscapes
Gradients, Patches, Networks, and Hierarchies
Urban Landscape Signatures
Measuring Urban Landscape Patterns
Detecting Landscape Patterns in Puget Sound
Monitoring Landscape Change in Puget Sound
Hydrological Processes
The Urban Hydrological Cycle
Urban Hydrological Functions
Human-Induced Changes in Urban Watersheds
Urban Patterns and Stream Biotic Integrity
Biogeochemical Processes
Urban Biogeochemistry
The Carbon Cycle
The Sulfur Cycle
The Phosphorus Cycle
The Nitrogen Cycle
Urban Patterns and Nutrient Cycling
Atmospheric Processes
Tropospheric Ozone
Urban Air Quality and Climate Change
Urban Heat Islands
Urban Patterns and Air Quality
Population and Community Dynamics
Biodiversity, Ecosystem Function, and Resilience
Urban Patch Dynamics
Urban Ecosystem Processes and Biodiversity
The Intermediate Hypothesis: A Case Study in Puget Sound
Futures of Urban Ecosystems
The Challenges: Complexity, Heterogeneity, and Surprise
Complexity and Predictability
Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity
Threshold, Discontinuity, and Surprises
Scenario Planning and Adaptive Management
Hypothetical Scenarios of Urban Ecosystem Functions
Urban Ecology: A Synthesis
A Hybrid Ecology
Toward a Theory of Urban Ecology
Building Integrated Models
A Research Agenda for Urban Ecology
Implications for Urban Planning
A Final Note
Glossary
References
Index

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