Special Issue "Urban Land Systems: An Ecosystems Perspective"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2017).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
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We live in an urbanising world. Since 2008, more than half of humanity has lived in cities, both large and small, and old and new. We also live in a world that is becoming even more urbanised—by the middle of the 21st century the UN estimates 70% of people with be city dwellers.
In the context of land systems science, contemporary urbanisation is a set of land use change processes and the various contemporary cityscapes are the resulting land systems. Urbanisation statistics and trends are well known to researchers and policy makers. It is also generally understood that urban ecosystems are essential for well-functioning and liveable cities and to protect the public health of urban populations. For example, urban green spaces may filter air, remove pollution, reduce noise, reduce temperatures, and improve stormwater infiltration. Moreover, urban ecosystems can provide food.
In this Special Issue we will take some thought provoking and meaningful directions from the milieu of land science. These directions will be not only allow the land community to reflect on urbanisation but also allow urban scholars, planners, and policy makers access to the work by land scientists on contemporary cities in a single volume of Land.
Specifically the Special Issue encourages original full-length research contributions as well as shorter communications from researchers and practitioners on:
- the application of ecological concepts to understand urban form and urbanisation processes,
- the application of ecological concepts in urban planning,
- integrating ecology into urban settings to obtain better biodiversity, environmental and human well-being outcomes,
- integrating concepts from agricultural and human ecologies into the urban
We ‘define’ ecological concepts very broadly; both to mean ecological sensu stricto and environmental more broadly. Concepts might include, but are also not restricted:
- ecosystem services: mapping, valuation and trade-off analysis
- green infrastructure: identification, classification and quantification of urban green spaces, green walls and rooftops
- enhancing biodiversity in the city
- the role of urban ecosystems in urban heat mitigation
- urban ecological and environmental challenges, such as pollution, disease epidemics, flooding and drought
- farming and food production in the city, including concepts from agricultural ecology.
We encourage contributions that cover the full range of contemporary cities – from megacities and complex metropolitan areas to small- to medium-size urban areas; from all world regions; from inland to coastal, and from old, established and rapidly developing cities.
The special arises from a session convened by the editors at the GLP 3rd Open Science Meeting in Beijing, October 2016, This call for papers will expand the scope of papers presented at that meeting.
Please submit a 200-word synopsis of your planned paper to [email protected] by 31 January, 2017, for comments by the Guest Editors. Full papers will be required by 30 June, 2017.
Prof. Harini Nagendra
Prof. Dr. Andrew Millington
Dr. Monika Kopecka
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