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Urban Ecology

  • ID: 5018864
  • Book
  • July 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 532 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Urban Ecology 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 seven major themes of the book: emerging urban concepts and urbanization, land use/land cover change, urban social-ecological systems, urban environment, urban material balance, smart, healthy and sustainable cities and sustainable urban design. Within each section, key concepts such as monitoring the urbanization phenomena, land use cover, urban soil fluxes, urban metabolism, pollution and human health and sustainable cities are covered. Urban Ecology serves as a comprehensive and advanced book for students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers in urban ecology and urban environmental research, planning and practice.

- Includes global case studies from over 14 countries providing a first-hand account of recent applications- Covers the phenomena of sustainable transport, nutrient recovery and human health among many others- Examines the environmental issues as well as social-ecological systems and governance
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Theme 1: Emerging facets of urban ecology
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 wellbeing

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
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Verma, Pramit
Pramit Verma is a Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. His research interests are in the socioeconomic dynamics, urban energy flow, urban land use/ land cover change, biostatistics and ecological modelling. 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 several research articles in international journals.
Singh, Pardeep
Dr. Pardeep Singh is an Assistant Professor at Department of Environmental Studies, PGDAV College University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. He completed his Master's Degree from the Department of Environmental Science Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and doctorate from Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi, India. His research interests are in waste management, wastewater treatment and electronic waste management. He has published various research and review articles in national and international journals in the fields of environmental science research.
Singh, Rishikesh
Dr. Rishikesh Singh has completed his PhD from Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. His research interests are in soil carbon dynamics, land- use change and management, emerging agronomic practices, biochar and carbon sequestration. 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 several research and review articles and is a reviewer of several international journals of Elsevier, Taylor and Francis and Springer Nature groups.
Raghubanshi, A. S.
Dr. A. S. Raghubanshi is a Professor of Environmental Science at Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. His research interests are in integrative ecology such as ecological understanding of the 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 has published several research articles in various reputed international journals.
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