Book Chapter

Effects of vegetation on green roof ecosystem services

Jeremy T Lundholm, Nicholas SG Williams

Green Roof Ecosystems | Ecological Studies | Springer | Published : 2015

Abstract

The ecosystem services green roofs provide are influenced by both the engineered and biotic components of green roof systems. This chapter focuses on how the functioning of green roofs is controlled by plant species and the synthetic vegetation communities created by them. Plant species can differ greatly in their ability to provide services such as roof cooling and stormwater retention. Newer work, emphasizing less-well-characterized benefits such as reduction of heat loss in winter, air pollution mitigation and carbon sequestration (Chap. 2), also shows significant effects of plant species. The species that best perform a particular service differ between services; other research shows per..

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