Urban Ecology: Emerging Patterns and Social-Ecological Systems covers the latest theoretical and applied concepts in urban ecological research. This book covers the key environmental issues of urban ecosystems as well as the human centric issues, particularly those of governance, economics, sociology, and human health. The goal of Urban Ecology is to challenge readers' thinking around urban ecology from a resource-based approach to a holistic and applied field for sustainable development. There are six major themes of the book: emerging urban concepts and urbanization, land use land cover change, urban social ecological systems, urban environment, urban economics and sustainable cities. Within each section, key concepts such as monitoring the urbanization phenomena, land use cover, urbanization affecting rural ecology, urban soil fluxes, urban sprawl, and human health, and sustainable cities are covered. Urban Ecology serves as a comprehensive and advanced book for students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers in urban ecology and urban environmental research, planning, and practice.
- Includes global case studies from over fourteen countries providing a first-hand account of recent applications
- Covers the phenomena of ex-situ resource mobilization for urban growth due to trade and globalization
- Examines the environmental issues as well as social-ecological systems and governance
urban and urbanization, theory and concepts 1. Urban ecology
Current state of research and concepts 2. Urban metabolism: old challenges, new frontiers, and the research agenda ahead
Theme 2: Urban Land Use Land Cover 3. Urban growth pattern detection and analysis 4. Exposition of spatial urban growth pattern and its effects on surface temperature
Theme 3: Social ecological systems 5. Socio-economic stressors of disasters on urban ecology in India 6. Ecological economics of an urban settlement: an overview 7. Urban greenspace, social equity and human well-being
Theme 4: Urban Environment 8. Urbanization, urban agriculture and food security 9. Carbon reduction strategies for the built environment in a tropical city 10. Trends in active and sustainable mobility: a comparison between cycling cultures of Dhaka and Innsbruck 11. Air quality and its impact on urban Environment 12. Sustainable water management in megacities of the future 13. Comparing invasive alien plant community composition between urban, peri-urban and rural areas; the City of Cape Town as a case study
Theme 5: Urban material balance 14. Types, sources and management of urban wastes 15. Nutrient recovery from the municipal waste stream: Status and prospects 16. Soil Carbon Efflux in Urban Ecosystems
Theme 6: Cities: Healthy, smart and sustainable 17. Urban ecology and human health: Implications of urban heat island, air pollution and climate change nexus 18. Sustainable cities
monitoring and management 19. Challenges in assessing urban sustainability
Theme 7: Sustainable urban design 20. Towards Sustainable Urban Redevelopment: Urban Design Informed by Morphological Patterns and Ecologies of Informal Settlements in Cities 21. Assessing the role of urban design in a rapidly urbanizing historical city and its contribution in restoring its urban ecology: the case of Varanasi, India 22. Green building movement in Urban India 23. Challenges and innovations of transportation and collection of waste 24. Critical assessment, challenges and future dimensions for the urban ecological systems
Pramit Verma is currently working as a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He completed his M. Phil from the same institute in 2014. He is currently working in the field of Urban Ecology. He has also worked in the field of urban climate disaster risk reduction and management. He has published a research article and a technical report while participating in various national and international conferences, workshops, and seminars. He is also working on the socioeconomic dynamics governing urban energy and urban land use in secondary cities of India.
Research Associate in an Asia-Pacific Network (APN) sponsored project. She received her master's from Udai Pratap Autonomous College and PhD from Banaras Hindu University, India in Botany with Environmental Science as her major field. Dr Singh received her postdoctoral experiences in Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and the Department of Science and Technology.
Rishikesh Singh is a Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He is currently working on soil carbon dynamics, land use change and management, emerging agronomic practices and biochar and carbon sequestration. He has obtained his M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science from Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi in 2011. He completed his M.Phil. from Centre for Environmental Science & Technology, Central University of Punjab (CUPB), Bathinda, INDIA in 2013. His current research assignment is based on Environmental impact analysis of traditional and emergent agronomic practices in Indo-Gangetic Plains of India. He has published more than 30 research/review articles and is reviewer of several international journals of Elsevier, Taylor and Francis, and Springer Nature groups.
Raghubanshi, A. S.
Dr. A. S. Raghubanshi is Professor of Environmental studies at Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. His research interests are in ecological understanding of structure, functioning and sustainable management of tropical terrestrial ecosystems, landscape ecology using remote sensing and GIS tools, understanding plant diversity and distributions, ecosystem functioning including nutrient dynamics, greenhouse gas emissions and restoration of degraded ecosystems. He is currently working on (i) urban disaster risk reduction project funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan; (ii) Crop discrimination using hyperspectral remote sensing funded by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).