|aUrban ecology :|bscience of cities /|cRichard T. T. Forman.
|aNew York :|bCambridge University Press,|c2014.
|axiv, 462 p. :|bill., maps ;|c26 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 386-443) and index.
|aFramework. Foundations ; Spatial patterns and mosaics ; Flows, movements, change -- Ecological features. Urban soil and chemicals ; Urban air ; Urban water systems ; Urban water bodies ; Urban habitat, vegetation, plants ; Urban wildlife -- Urban features. Human structures ; Residential, commercial, industrial areas ; Green spaces, corridors, systems -- Epilogue -- Appendix A. Positive and negative attributes of an urban region -- Appendix B. Equations.
|aHow does nature work in our human-created city, suburb, and exurb/peri-urb? Indeed how is ecology - including its urban water, soil, air, plant, and animal foundations - spatially entwined with this great human enterprise? And how can we improve urban areas for both nature and people? Urban Ecology: Science of Cities explores the entire urban area: from streets, lawns, and parks to riversides, sewer systems, and industrial sites. The book presents models, patterns, and examples from hundreds of cities worldwide. Numerous illustrations enrich the presentation. Cities are analyzed, not as ecologically bad or good, but as places with concentrated rather than dispersed people. Urban ecology principles, traditionally adapted from natural-area ecology, now increasingly emerge from the distinctive features of cities. Spatial patterns and flows, linking organisms, built structures, and the physical environment highlight a treasure chest of useful principles. This pioneering interdisciplinary book opens up frontiers of insight, as a valuable source and text for undergraduates, graduates, researchers, professionals and others with a thirst for solutions to growing urban problems. -- Provided by publisher.