Microclimate Change and Diversity in Natural and Human Dominated Systems

Microclimate Change and Diversity in Natural and Human Dominated Systems

1st Edition - November 1, 2022

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  • Editor: Andrew Laursen
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128228319

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Microclimate Change and Diversity in Natural and Human Dominated Systems explores microclimatic variability in a variety of natural and human dominated landscapes, also discussing their importance in the conservation of water, support of biological diversity, and mitigation of localized heating, both in the context of urban heat islands, and in the context or regional and global climate change. The book explores public policy frameworks and professional practices (e.g., architecture and agriculture) that affect the distribution and diversity of microclimates. Readers will find a synthesis of current understanding that will support sound decision- making in urban and regional planning and advancement of policy to prevent microclimate change.

Key Features

  • Provides a big picture understanding of microclimates by bridging the gap between natural sciences, agricultural, agroforestry and architectural sciences
  • Includes case studies in each chapter
  • Identifies gaps in current policies and practices that relate to microclimate preservation


Environmental Scientists, Environmental Engineers, Engineers, Social Scientists, Material Scientists, Architects, Professionals, Researchers, graduates interested in urban planning and environmental engineering (e.g., energy and environmental design, environmental air quality, and thermal comfort)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Definitions of Microclimates
    2. Microclimates in natural ecosystems
    3. Urban microclimates
    4. Microclimates in agricultural and agroforestry systems
    5. Microclimate change
    6. Microclimate and biodiversity
    7. Natural water cycles and microclimate
    8. Urban and regional planning through a microclimate lens
    9. Conservation of biological diversity through a microclimate lens
    10. Policy frameworks as they relate to microclimate
    11. Microclimate change in context of regional or global climate change

Product details

  • No. of pages: 316
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2024
  • Published: November 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128228319

About the Editor

Andrew Laursen

Andrew Laursen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University, and Director of the Environmental Applied Science and Management MASc and PhD programs. He was a contributor in the creation of the Sustainability Management certificate program in the G. Raymond Chang School for Continuing Education. He is a co-author of Ecology, Concepts and Applications, 4th Canadian Edition, McGraw Hill Education (authors: Manuel C. Molles, James F. Cahill, Jr., and Andrew E. Laursen), and of the forthcoming 5th Canadian Edition. Laursen is an ecosystem ecologist. His research program considers how stresses, natural and anthropogenic, affect ecosystem function, and how systems might be better managed to preserve or enhance ecosystem services. The research program draws on elements of ecology and evolution, microbiology, biogeochemistry, and statistical modeling. Current research focuses on enhancing water quality and sustainable use of water in urban systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University, Ontario, Canada

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