2017

Urban tree growth and their dependency on infiltration rates in structural soil and structural cells

Expanding tree canopies can be difficult to achieve in built environments because urban land is costly and urban soil inhospitable to vegetation so engineered planting systems offer a potentially valuable tool for achieving sustainable urban forests. Tree water uptake, performance and root distribution were assessed in systems of structural soil and structural cell…

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Challenges for tree officers to enhance the provision of regulating ecosystem services from urban forests

Urbanisation and a changing climate are leading to more frequent and severe flood, heat and air pollution episodes in Britain’s cities. Interest in nature-based solutions to these urban problems is growing, with urban forests potentially able to provide a range of regulating ecosystem services such as stormwater attenuation, heat amelioration and air purification…

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Citree: A database supporting tree selection for urban areas in temperate climate

Choosing optimal and suitable trees and shrubs in urban areas can minimize the negative influences and increase the positive effects and the aesthetic acceptance by urban residents. Additional challenges in the selection of trees and shrubs are user requirements and growth conditions at urban sites…

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How climate change perception is reshaping attitudes towards the functional benefits of urban trees and green space: Lessons from Hong Kong

Urban greening has rapidly emerged as a key urban climate change adaptation strategy. Urban greening is thought to confer manifold socio-ecological benefits upon residents in towns and cities…

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Evaluating Revealed Preferences for Street Tree Cover Targets: A Business Case for Collaborative Investment in Leafier Streetscapes in Brisbane, Australia

Many cities are seeking to optimise the ecosystem service benefits of urban trees by incorporating goals for increasing tree canopy cover into strategies that promote liveability and urban sustainability…

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Trees in urban parks and forests reduce O3, but not NO2 concentrations in Baltimore, MD, USA

Highlights Empirical evidence of urban trees improving air quality at local level is scarce. We studied the impact of urban trees on NO2 and O3 levels in Baltimore, MD, USA. O3 levels were significantly lower in tree-covered than in adjacent open habitats. NO2 levels did not differ significantly between tree-covered and open habitats. Higher temperatures resulted in higher NO2 and

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Anomalies in Australian municipal tree managers’ street-tree planting and species selection principles

There is scant research on Australian municipal tree managers’ motivations for street tree planting and the rationales for street tree species selections. Tree managers from 129 city councils across Australia were surveyed to address this knowledge gap…

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Designing food and habitat trees for urban koalas: Tree height, foliage palatability and clonal propagation of Eucalyptus kabiana

Koalas are iconic Australian tree-dwelling marsupials that are classified as vulnerable because of threatening processes that include urban development, habitat fragmentation and inbreeding. Koalas eat the leaves of specific eucalypt trees but urban planners and landowners often prefer to plant smaller trees that pose less risk from falling limbs…

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