Science of The Total Environment

Selecting tree species with high transpiration and drought avoidance to optimise runoff reduction in passive irrigation systems

Citation Thom, J.K., Livesley, S.J., Fletcher, T.D., Farrell, C., Arndt, S.K., Konarska, J. and Szota, C., 2022. Selecting tree species with high transpiration and drought avoidance to optimise runoff reduction in passive irrigation systems. Science of The Total Environment, 812, p.151466. Abstract Rainfall in cities can generate large volumes of stormwater runoff which degrades receiving waterways. Irrigating […]

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Turning down the heat: An enhanced understanding of the relationship between urban vegetation and surface temperature at the city scale

Highlights Fine spatial and vertical resolution urban vegetation datasets Model urban vegetation configuration effect on urban LST using remote sensing data Spatial variation in impact of vegetation type on urban LST Various urban vegetation configurations lead to urban cooling Urban planners can appraise local cooling effect of different urban vegetation types Abstract Guiding urban planners

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Vertical air temperature gradients under the shade of two contrasting urban tree species during different types of summer days

Highlights Below-canopy cooling benefits of tree species can vary depending on weather types. We studied air temperature from the tree canopies to the ground under tree shades. 20 Robinia pseudoacacia and Tilia cordata trees were studied during the summer 2016. Shading is the prominent cooling benefits when the days are very hot. Transpirational cooling from trees and grasses

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Biochar and compost equally improve urban soil physical and biological properties and tree growth, with no added benefit in combination

Soil compaction can be a major impediment to tree growth as it damages soil physical and biological properties and reduces plant available water. This may result in trees that are more vulnerable to seasonal water stress…

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Where trees cannot grow – Particulate matter accumulation by urban meadows

Highlights Urban meadows accumulate significant amounts of PM. Meadows accumulate PM more effectively than traditional lawns. Level of PM accumulation is determined by meadow biomass and architecture. Morphology of herbaceous plants has little effect on PM accumulation. Perennial herbaceous plants are well adapted to urban conditions. Abstract It has already been proven that trees and

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