Urban Ecology Science of Cities

ISBN-10: 0521188245

ISBN-13: 9780521188241

Edition: 2014

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How does nature work in our human-created city, suburb, and exurb/peri-urb? Indeed how is ecology - its urban water, soil, air, plant, and animal foundations - spatially entwined with this great human enterprise? And how can we improve urban areas for both nature and people? Urban Ecology explores the entire urban area: from streets, walls, and lawns to riversides, sewer systems, and industrial sites. The book presents models, patterns, data, and examples from a breadth of cities worldwide. Numerous illustrations enrich the presentation. Cities are analysed, not as ecologically bad or good, but as places with concentrated rather than dispersed people. Spatial patterns and flows linking organisms, built structures, and the physical environment highlight a treasure chest of useful principles. This pioneering interdisciplinary book opens up frontiers of insight, as a valuable source and text for undergraduates, graduates, researchers, professionals and others with a thirst for solutions to growing urban problems.
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Book details

List price: $82.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/13/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 476
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

Richard T. T. Forman is the PAES Professor of Landscape Ecology at Harvard University, where he teaches ecological courses in the Graduate School of Design and in Harvard College. His research and writing include landscape ecology, road ecology, urban ecology, land-use planning and conservation, the netway system, and linking science with spatial pattern to mesh nature and people on the land. His previous title, Urban Regions: Ecology and Planning Beyond the City, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008.

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