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Urban Soils - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128132036

Urban Soils

1st Edition

Properties and Management

Authors: Bryant Scharenbroch Susan Day
Paperback ISBN: 9780128132036
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st December 2021
Page Count: 384
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Urban Soils: Properties and Management provides up-to-date information on the physical, chemical, biological and mineralogical characteristics of urban soils. The majority of the world’s population lives in cities and their associated developed areas, bringing attention to the need for sustainable city management. Urban soils are the base support system for green infrastructure, which is necessary for liveable city initiatives. Scientists face considerable challenges in this area as societal expectations now include healthy urban green infrastructure, protection of the public from environmental contaminants, and sustainable use of natural resources such as soils. Through this book, scientists will gain a better understanding of urban soil classification, management and reclamation in urban environments. Urban Soils: Properties and Management is accessible to those without extensive soils knowledge, as it covers the basics of urban soil conditions as well as the management of urban soils for natural and constructed green infrastructure.

Key Features

  • Includes real-world scenarios to clearly illustrate how to apply the knowledge contained within the book
  • Provides up-to-date scientific literature researchers can use as a solid reference tool
  • Covers the basics of urban soil conditions as well as the management of urban soils for natural and constructed green infrastructure


Soil scientists; Related fields such as: urban ecology, urban environmental science, urban restoration, horticulture, urban agriculture, arboriculture, urban forestry, landscape architecture, city planning

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to urban soils
2. Anthropogenic characteristics of urban soils
3. Heterogeneous nature of urban soils
4. Alkalinity of urban soils
5. Repellent urban soils
6. Salty urban soils
7. Hot urban soils
8. Dense urban soils
9. Inert urban soils
10. Tainted urban soils
11. Assessment of urban soils
12. Classification of urban soils
13. Management of urban soils
14. Functions of urban soils
15. Values of urban soils


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About the Authors

Bryant Scharenbroch

Bryant Scharenbroch is an Assistant Professor at U. Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a Research Fellow of The Morton Arboretum. He studies the morphology, genesis and classification of urban soils. He is interested in the management of urban soils for ecosystem benefits and interactions with plants, water and air in urban landscapes. Prof. Scharenbroch is a former Chair of the Urban and Anthropogenic Soils Division of the Soils Science Society of America. He has B.S. degrees from U. Wisconsin – Stevens Point in Urban Forestry and Forest Management, and a M.S. in Plant Science from U. Idaho and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from U. Wisconsin – Madison.

Affiliations and Expertise

College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Susan Day

Susan Day is an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech who studies tree root-soil interactions and their role in urban ecosystem sustainability—particularly in terms of soil quality and stormwater mitigation. Her work with the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) shaped the soils standards now institutionalized by the U.S. Green Building Council and adopted by the U.S. federal government. Prof. Day has collaborated with designers, engineers, and policymakers and is a former Chair of the Urban and Anthropogenic Soils Division in the Soil Science Society of America. She holds a B.A. from Yale University, a M.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph. D. from Virginia Tech.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, USA

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