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Urban Ecology

An International Perspective on the Interaction Between Humans and Nature

  • Presents a comprehensive view of the urban ecosystem by introducing drivers, patterns, processes and effects of human settlements and the relationships between humans and other animals, plants, ecosystem processes, and abiotic conditions

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Table of contents (50 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XXV
  2. Urbanization and Human Domination of Earth

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-2
    2. Human Domination of Earth’s Ecosystems

      • Peter M. Vitousek, Harold A. Mooney, Jane Lubchenco, Jerry M. Melillo
      Pages 3-13
    3. Urbanization

      • Brian J.L. Berry
      Pages 25-48
  3. Conceptual Foundations of Urban Ecology

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 67-69
    2. Urban Ecological Systems: Linking Terrestrial Ecological, Physical, and Socioeconomic Components of Metropolitan Areas

      • S.T.A. Pickett, M.L. Cadenasso, J.M. Grove, C.H. Nilon, R.V. Pouyat, W.C. Zipperer et al.
      Pages 99-122
    3. Integrated Approaches to Long-Term Studies of Urban Ecological Systems

      • Nancy B. Grimm, J. Morgan Grove, Steward T.A. Pickett, Charles L. Redman
      Pages 123-141
    4. Integrating Humans into Ecology: Opportunities and Challenges for Studying Urban Ecosystems

      • Marina Alberti, John M. Marzluff, Eric Shulenberger, Gordon Bradley, Clare Ryan, Craig Zumbrunnen
      Pages 143-158
  4. The Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, and Pedosphere

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 159-159
    2. Sealing of Soils

      • Gerd Wessolek
      Pages 161-179
    3. Streams in the Urban Landscape

      • Michael J. Paul, Judy L. Meyer
      Pages 207-231
    4. The Urban Climate – Basic and Applied Aspects

      • Wilhelm Kuttler
      Pages 233-248
    5. Global Warming and the Urban Heat Island

      • Maria João Alcoforado, Henrique Andrade
      Pages 249-262
    6. Heat Waves, Urban Climate and Human Health

      • Wilfried Endlicher, Gerd Jendritzky, Joachim Fischer, Jens-Peter Redlich
      Pages 269-278

About this book

Urban Ecology is the study of ecosystems that include humans living in cities and urbanizing landscapes. It is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that aims to understand how human and ecological processes can coexist in human-dominated systems and help societies with their efforts to become more sustainable. It has deep roots in many disciplines including sociology, geography, urban planning, landscape architecture, engineering, economics, anthropology, climatology, public health, and ecology. Because of its interdisciplinary nature and unique focus on humans and natural systems, the term "urban ecology" has been used variously to describe the study of humans in cities, of nature in cities, and of the coupled relationships between humans and nature. Each of these research areas is contributing to our understanding of urban ecosystems and each must be understood to fully grasp the science of Urban Ecology. Therefore, in Urban Ecology: An International Perspective on the Interaction Between Humans and Nature, we introduce students and practitioners of urban ecology to its roots, bases, and prospects by way of a diverse collection of historical and modern foundational readings. The editors are urban ecologists from the United States, Italy, and Germany who together view these readings as a fair representation of the importance of both natural and social sciences to Urban Ecology.

This book presents important papers in the field of Urban Ecology that both set the foundations for the discipline and to illustrate modern approaches, from a variety of perspectives and regions of the world. The editors do this by reprinting important publications, filling gaps in the published literature with a few targeted original works, and translating several key works originally published in German. The aim of this collection is to provide students, practitioners, and professionals with a rich background in some of the core facets of Urban Ecology.

Keywords

  • biosphere
  • ecology
  • ecosystem
  • ecosystem processes
  • environment
  • environmental protection
  • urban ecology
  • landscape/regional and urban planning

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This impressive volume is a collection of important papers on Urban Ecology … . Anyone who picks up this book and starts reading, either from the start, or from anywhere in between, will not lay it down easily. … It is highly recommended for everyone interested in the nature of interactions of organisms and their environment." (Hannelore Hoch, Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 55 (2), 2009)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Washington, Seattle

    John M. Marzluff, Eric Shulenberger, Marina Alberti, Gordon Bradley, Clare Ryan, Craig ZumBrunnen

  • Geographisches Institute, Humboldt University Unter den Linden, 10099 Berlin, Germany

    Wilfried Endlicher

  • Humboldt University Miningstrasse 46, 12359 Berlin, Germany

    Ute Simon

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  • ISBN: 978-0-387-73412-5
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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Softcover Book USD 99.99
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Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)