Title: Introduction: “Looking up” to green roofs to understand urban biodiversity : a decade on
Authors : MacIvor, J. Scott
Starry, Olyssa
Brenneisen, Stephan
Baumann, Nathalie
Grant, Gary
Kadas, Gyondover
Köhler, Manfred
Lundholm, Jeremy T.
Published in : Urban Naturalist
Volume(Issue) : 2018
Issue : 1
Pages : 2
Pages to: 8
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Eagle Hill Publications
Issue Date: Jan-2018
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Language : English
Subjects : Green roofs; Biodiversity; Urban planning
Subject (DDC) : 577: Ecology
720: Architecture
Abstract: A decade ago, the journal Urban Habitats — the precursor to Urban Naturalist — devoted a special issue to the topic of green roof biodiversity. At the time, green roof research was exclusive to some regions and not widely distributed, and the special issue was the first published in English that collected important ecological work on green roofs from around the world. The special issue has been widely read and attracted many new researchers to the study of green roofs, initiating a network of colleagues that today continues to push this exciting field forward. In the last 10 years, green roof installations have increased around the world, with the term “green roof” joining the vernacular of the everyday citizen. In some cities, hundreds of green roofs have been constructed, many of which have been supported through municipal by-laws, construction standards, and incentives. A multi-pronged approach to encourage green roofs in cities integrates new and interesting design, ecosystem service delivery, and climate-change preparedness. Green roofs provide many benefits (Oberndorfer et al. 2007), and the original special issue in Urban Habitats was focused on the contribution of green roofs to habitat for local flora and fauna. Our aim in this special issue is to expand the conversation on green roofs as habitat, and call for prioritization of research that links green roofs, biodiversity, and conservation in cities. Here we revisit the topics covered in the 6 papers included in the original special issue and introduce the 5 papers presented in this new special issue. In synthesizing knowledge of biodiversity on green roofs, we aspire to inform how plant communities and other design factors can be selected and maintained by planners and practitioners, and inspire new generations of scientists to pursue research that addresses complex environmental challenges that cities face today and tomorrow.
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Publication type: Contribution to magazine or newspaper
ISSN: 2328-8964
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/11341
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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