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Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities

A Global Assessment

Editors: Elmqvist, Th., Fragkias, M., Goodness, J., Güneralp, B., Marcotullio, P.J., McDonald, R.I., Parnell, S., Schewenius, M., Sendstad, M., Seto, K.C., Wilkinson, C. (Eds.)

  • The world’s first global assessment of the effects of urbanization on biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Presents the latest state-of-the-art of urbanization, and identifies crucial knowledge gaps that need to be bridged
  • Develops a new theoretical framework for urban sustainability and resilience
  • The book’s thirty-two chapters include global, regional and local perspectives and can be read together or as stand-alone texts
  • This book is an open access book, which is freely available online to anyone, anywhere! The printed hardbound edition (755 pages) is available for just EUR 49,99
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About this book

Urbanization is a global phenomenon and the book emphasizes that this is not just a social-technological process. It is also a social-ecological process where cities are places for nature, and where cities also are dependent on, and have impacts on, the biosphere at different scales from local to global. The book is a global assessment and delivers four main conclusions:

  1. Urban areas are expanding faster than urban populations. Half the increase in urban land across the world over the next 20 years will occur in Asia, with the most extensive change expected to take place in India and China
  2. Urban areas modify their local and regional climate through the urban heat island effect and by altering precipitation patterns, which together will have significant impacts on net primary production, ecosystem health, and biodiversity
  3. Urban expansion will heavily draw on natural resources, including water, on a global scale, and will often consume prime agricultural land, with knock-on effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services elsewhere
  4. Future urban expansion will often occur in areas where the capacity for formal governance is restricted, which will constrain the protection of biodiversity and management of ecosystem services

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From the reviews:

“This book explores how urbanization across global, regional, and local scales has multiple impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. … a thorough, well-researched, and important compilation that delivers a valuable contribution to integrating knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem services into urban design and urban planning. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals.” (R. A. Delgado, Jr., Choice, Vol. 51 (10), June, 2014)

Table of contents (33 chapters)

  • A Global Outlook on Urbanization

    Seto, Karen C. (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • History of Urbanization and the Missing Ecology

    Elmqvist, Thomas (et al.)

    Pages 13-30

  • Urbanization and Global Trends in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

    McDonald, Robert I. (et al.)

    Pages 31-52

  • Regional Assessment of Asia

    Seto, Karen C.

    Pages 53-56

  • Sub-regional Assessment of China: Urbanization in Biodiversity Hotspots

    Güneralp, Burak (et al.)

    Pages 57-63

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-94-007-7088-1
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7087-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $59.99
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: September 16, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0091-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities
Book Subtitle
A Global Assessment
Editors
  • Thomas Elmqvist
  • Michail Fragkias
  • Julie Goodness
  • Burak Güneralp
  • Peter J. Marcotullio
  • Robert I. McDonald
  • Susan Parnell
  • Maria Schewenius
  • Marte Sendstad
  • Karen C. Seto
  • Cathy Wilkinson
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7088-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7088-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7087-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0091-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 755
Number of Illustrations and Tables
127 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
Topics