© 2015

Green Roof Ecosystems

  • Richard K. Sutton

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 223)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Richard K. Sutton
    Pages 1-25
  3. Lee R. Skabelund, Kimberly DiGiovanni, Olyssa Starry
    Pages 27-62
  4. John G. Lambrinos
    Pages 81-105
  5. Ishi Buffam, Mark E. Mitchell
    Pages 107-137
  6. Brooke Byerley Best, Rebecca K. Swadek, Tony L. Burgess
    Pages 139-174
  7. Krista L. McGuire, Sara G. Payne, Giulia Orazi, Matthew I. Palmer
    Pages 175-191
  8. Susan C. Cook-Patton
    Pages 193-209
  9. Jeremy T. Lundholm, Nicholas S. G. Williams
    Pages 211-232
  10. Nigel Dunnett
    Pages 233-255
  11. L. Peter MacDonagh, Nathalie Shanstrom
    Pages 257-283
  12. Stephanie Carlisle, Max Piana
    Pages 285-310
  13. Bradley Rowe
    Pages 311-332
  14. J. Scott MacIvor, Kelly Ksiazek
    Pages 333-355
  15. Bruce Dvorak
    Pages 391-421
  16. Richard K. Sutton, John Lambrinos
    Pages 423-440
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 441-447

About this book


This book provides an up-to-date coverage of green (vegetated) roof research, design, and management from an ecosystem perspective. It reviews, explains, and poses questions about monitoring, substrate, living components, and the abiotic, biotic, and cultural aspects connecting green roofs to the fields of community, landscape, and urban ecology. The work contains examples of green roof venues that demonstrate the focus, level of detail, and techniques needed to understand the structure, function, and impact of these novel ecosystems. Representing a seminal compilation of research and technical knowledge about green roof ecology and how functional attributes can be enhanced, it delves to explore the next wave of evolution in green technology and defines potential paths for technological advancement and research.


Community ecology Ecosystem services Green roofs Landscape architecture Landscape ecology Plant biodiversity Sustainable design Urban design Urban ecosystems

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard K. Sutton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agronomy and HorticultureUniversity of Nebraska - LincolnLincolnUSA

About the editors

Richard K. Sutton is a Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Agronomy at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His areas of focus include ornamental horticulture, landscape ecology, and the design program in landscape architecture.

Bibliographic information


“Reviews green roof research, design and management from an ecosystem perspective. A book for policymakers, designers and ecologists interested in the interactions within and between green roofs and other living systems.” (The Bulletin, Vol. 47 (1), March, 2016)