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Title (Primary) The value of vegetation cover for ecosystem services in the suburban context
Author de la Barrera, F.; Rubio, P.; Banzhaf, E.;
Journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
Year 2016
Department SUSOZ;
Volume 16
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T13; T12;
Keywords Land use change; Metropolitan Area of Santiago de Chile (MAS); Remote sensing techniques; Structural landscape analysis; Urbanization processes; Vegetation index
UFZ wide themes RU6
Abstract Latin-American cities can be characterized by dynamic processes of urbanization that encroach upon the natural and semi-natural surrounding landscapes. Our study presents the effects of landscape development, transformed from semi-natural conditions into a mostly disperse suburban settlement. We explore the impact that this transformation has had on this context by three ecosystem services that regulate rainwater runoff, enhance microclimate conditions and help to improve air quality by monitoring vegetation cover. We have designed a spatio-temporal hierarchical analysis which employs remote sensing techniques to capture the structural changes of this landscape over long, medium and short term scales on two spatial levels. This methodological approach was tested in the Metropolitan Area of Santiago (MAS) as case study area. Despite of the increase in impervious surfaces due to urban processes, there has also been an increase in vegetation cover, which has led to an improvement in the provision of the above-mentioned ecosystem services. Hence, if diverse urbanization processes continue and they are coupled with an increase in vegetation cover, the provision of ecosystem services could also expand. This phenomenon can be observed in some areas, where public and private green spaces are created and maintained. Our data analyses give evidence that certain types of suburban areas which increase the share of vegetation cover can provide daily ecological benefits for urban neighborhoods, and beyond, for adjacent areas. Moreover, suburban development can successfully provide ecological benefits to citizens. Such processes can only be ecologically sustainable if the composition of vegetation is well-adapted to the regional climatic conditions.
ID 17138
Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=17138
de la Barrera, F., Rubio, P., Banzhaf, E. (2016):
The value of vegetation cover for ecosystem services in the suburban context
Urban For. Urban Green. 16 , 110 - 122