Journal article

Assessing the drivers shaping global patterns of urban vegetation landscape structure

C Dobbs, C Nitschke, D Kendal

SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2017

Abstract

Vegetation is one of the main resources involve in ecosystem functioning and providing ecosystem services in urban areas. Little is known on the landscape structure patterns of vegetation existing in urban areas at the global scale and the drivers of these patterns. We studied the landscape structure of one hundred cities around the globe, and their relation to demography (population), socioeconomic factors (GDP, Gini Index), climate factors (temperature and rain) and topographic characteristics (altitude, variation in altitude). The data revealed that the best descriptors of landscape structure were amount, fragmentation and spatial distribution of vegetation. Populated cities tend to have ..

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Awarded by Fondecyt


Funding Acknowledgements

CD is supported by Fondecyt 3150351 "Urban ecosystem service provision, exploring the effects of urban planning, urbanization, climate and environmental conditions of the urban forest of Santiago and La Serena". We would like to thank two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments.