Urban ecosystem modeling and global change: Potential for rational urban management and emissions mitigation

Chen S, Chen B, & Fath BD (2014). Urban ecosystem modeling and global change: Potential for rational urban management and emissions mitigation. Environmental Pollution: 139-149. DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2014.03.032.

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Abstract

Urbanization is a strong and extensive driver that causes environmental pollution and climate change from local to global scale. Modeling cities as ecosystems has been initiated by a wide range of scientists as a key to addressing challenging problems concomitant with urbanization. In this paper, "urban ecosystem modeling (UEM)" is defined in an inter-disciplinary context to acquire a broad perception of urban ecological properties and their interactions with global change. Furthermore, state-of-the-art models of urban ecosystems are reviewed, categorized as top-down models (including materials/energy-oriented models and structure-oriented models), bottom-up models (including land use-oriented models and infrastructure-oriented models), or hybrid models thereof. Based on the review of UEM studies, a future framework for explicit UEM is proposed based the integration of UEM approaches of different scales, guiding more rational urban management and efficient emissions mitigation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban ecosystem modeling; Urbanization; Global change; Emissions mitigation
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Bibliographic Reference: Environmental Pollution; 190:139-149 (July 2014) (Published online 18 April 2014)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:50
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 14:30
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10940

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