Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology

Emerging Patterns and Social-Ecological Systems

1st Edition - July 14, 2020

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  • Editors: Pramit Verma, Pardeep Singh, Rishikesh Singh, A. Raghubanshi
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128207314
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128207307

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Urban Ecology covers the latest theoretical and applied concepts in urban ecological research. This book covers the key environmental issues of urban ecosystems as well as the human-centric issues, particularly those of governance, economics, sociology and human health. The goal of Urban Ecology is to challenge readers’ thinking around urban ecology from a resource-based approach to a holistic and applied field for sustainable development. There are seven major themes of the book: emerging urban concepts and urbanization, land use/land cover change, urban social-ecological systems, urban environment, urban material balance, smart, healthy and sustainable cities and sustainable urban design. Within each section, key concepts such as monitoring the urbanization phenomena, land use cover, urban soil fluxes, urban metabolism, pollution and human health and sustainable cities are covered. Urban Ecology serves as a comprehensive and advanced book for students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers in urban ecology and urban environmental research, planning and practice.

Key Features

  • Includes global case studies from over 14 countries, providing a first-hand account of recent applications
  • Covers the phenomena of sustainable transport, nutrient recovery and human health, among many others
  • Examines environmental issues as well as social-ecological systems and governance


Ecologists, Environmental Scientists, Engineers, Social Scientists, Economists

Table of Contents

  • Theme 1: Emerging facets of urban ecology – urban and urbanization, theory and concepts
    1. Urban ecology – current state of research and concepts
    2. Urban metabolism: old challenges, new frontiers and the research agenda ahead

    Theme 2: Urban land use/land cover
    3. Urban growth pattern detection and analysis
    4. Exposition of spatial urban growth pattern using PSO-SLEUTH and identifying its effects on surface temperature

    Theme 3: Social-ecological systems
    5. Stressors of disaster-induced displacement and migration in India
    6. Ecological economics of an urban settlement: an overview
    7. Urban greenspace, social equity and human wellbeing

    Theme 4: Urban Environment
    8. Urbanization, urban agriculture and food security
    9. Carbon reduction strategies for the built environment in a tropical city
    10. Trends in active and sustainable mobility: experiences from emerging cycling territories of Dhaka and Innsbruck
    11. Air quality and its impact on urban environment
    12. Sustainable water management in megacities of the future
    13. Comparing invasive alien plant community composition between urban, peri-urban and rural areas; the city of Cape Town as a case study

    Theme 5: Urban material balance
    14. Types, sources and management of urban wastes
    15. Nutrient recovery from the municipal waste stream: status and prospects
    16. Determinants of soil carbon dynamics in urban ecosystems

    Theme 6: Cities: healthy, smart and sustainable
    17. Urban ecology and human health: implications of urban heat island, air pollution and climate change nexus
    18. Cities management and sustainable development: monitoring and assessment approach
    19. Challenges in assessing urban sustainability

    Theme 7: Sustainable urban design
    20. Towards sustainable urban redevelopment: urban design informed by morphological patterns and ecologies of informal settlements in cities
    21. Assessing the role of urban design in a rapidly urbanizing historical city and its contribution in restoring its urban ecology: the case of Varanasi, India
    22. 'Green building' movement in India: study on institutional support and regulatory support
    23. Challenges and innovations of transportation and collection of waste
    24. Critical assessment and future dimensions for the urban ecological systems

Product details

  • No. of pages: 532
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: July 14, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128207314
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128207307

About the Editors

Pramit Verma

Pramit Verma is a Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. His research interests are in the socioeconomic dynamics, urban energy flow, urban land use/land cover change, biostatistics and ecological modelling. He is currently working in the field of Urban Ecology. He has also worked in the field of urban climate disaster risk reduction and management. He has published several research articles in international journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Pardeep Singh

Dr. Pardeep Singh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science, PGDAV College, University of Delhi, in New Delhi, India. He obtained his PhD at the Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi. Dr. Singh has published more than 65 papers in international journals in the fields of waste management, environmental pollution, and agricultural nanotechnology, and has co-edited 30 books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, PGDAV College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

Rishikesh Singh

Dr. Rishikesh Singh has completed his PhD from Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. His research interests are in soil carbon dynamics, land- use change and management, emerging agronomic practices, biochar and carbon sequestration. His current research assignment is based on environmental impact analysis of traditional and emergent agronomic practices in Indo-Gangetic Plains of India. He has published several research and review articles and is a reviewer of several international journals of Elsevier, Taylor and Francis and Springer Nature groups.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

A. Raghubanshi

Dr. A. S. Raghubanshi is a Professor of Environmental Science at Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. His research interests are in integrative ecology such as ecological understanding of the structure, functioning and sustainable management of tropical terrestrial ecosystems, landscape ecology using remote sensing and GIS tools, understanding plant diversity and distributions, ecosystem functioning including nutrient dynamics, greenhouse gas emissions and restoration of degraded ecosystems. He has published several research articles in various reputed international journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

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  • Dr. B. Tue Jun 30 2020

    Urban Ecology book

    This book is an important work on the environmental scene, including the perspectives of sustainability at different levels of application. It is a good opportunity to deepen your knowledge in different fields of knowledge.