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Main Title Carbon sequestration in urban ecosystems /
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Author Title of a Work
Lal, R.
Augustin, Bruce J.
Publisher Springer,
Year Published 2012
OCLC Number 751740017
ISBN 9789400723658; 9400723652; 9789400723665; 9400723660
Subjects Carbon sequestration. ; Urban ecology (Biology) ; Carbon dioxide mitigation. ; Climate change mitigation. ; Stadtèokologie ; Kohlendioxidbelastung ; Treibhausgas ; Speicher
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ELBM  SD387.C37C3687 2012 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 11/09/2016
Collation xi, 385 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
"Rapid urbanization started since early 1950s. Among numerous consequences of urbanization are change in land use and land cover including deforestation, encroachment of prime farmland, and alterations in landscape. These consequences reduce the ecosystem carbon stocks especially in biota and soils, alter the hydrologic cycle by increasing runoff and decreasing soil water storage, change energy budget by altering albedo, and disrupt cycling of carbon and other elements. Such drastic alterations in land use and land cover and biogeochemical cycling of C and other elements affect global climate at local, regional and global scales because of drastic and irreversible changes in the structure, functions and dynamics of ecosystems. The global urban expansion rate is estimated at ä2 million ha (Mha) of additional land to accommodate annual population growth of 70 to 80 millions. Because urban areas consist of build up areas and green areas or free space, judicious management of free space is crucial to moderating the global carbon cycle. Open spaces can be sustainably managed for home lawns, sports grounds, recreational areas, forests, and urban agriculture. Green roofs are also important in influencing the albedo and the carbon and hydrologic cycles. The strategy is to increase the green space areas, enhance their net primary productivity, and increase the overall carbon budget of urban ecosystems. It is also important to link science with policy"--Publisher's web site.