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Author Baró, Francesc ♦ Chaparro, Lydia ♦ Gómez Baggethun, Erik ♦ Langemeyer, Johannes ♦ Nowak, David J. ♦ Terradas, Jaume
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer Netherlands
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2014
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Public administration & military science ♦ Administration of economy & environment
Subject Keyword Air purification ♦ Cities ♦ Climate regulation ♦ Urban ecosystem services ♦ Urban forests ♦ Policy targets ♦ Environment ♦ Ecology ♦ Atmospheric Sciences ♦ Physical Geography ♦ Environmental Management ♦ Environmental Engineering/Biotechnology
Abstract Mounting research highlights the contribution of ecosystem services provided by urban forests to quality of life in cities, yet these services are rarely explicitly considered in environmental policy targets. We quantify regulating services provided by urban forests and evaluate their contribution to comply with policy targets of air quality and climate change mitigation in the municipality of Barcelona, Spain. We apply the i-Tree Eco model to quantify in biophysical and monetary terms the ecosystem services “air purification,” “global climate regulation,” and the ecosystem disservice “air pollution” associated with biogenic emissions. Our results show that the contribution of urban forests regulating services to abate pollution is substantial in absolute terms, yet modest when compared to overall city levels of air pollution and GHG emissions. We conclude that in order to be effective, green infrastructure-based efforts to offset urban pollution at the municipal level have to be coordinated with territorial policies at broader spatial scales.
ISSN 00447447
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2014-04-17
Publisher Place Dordrecht
e-ISSN 16547209
Journal AMBIO
Volume Number 43
Issue Number 4
Page Count 14
Starting Page 466
Ending Page 479

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