mercredi 4 janvier 2012

Applied Urban Ecology: A Global Framework Edited by Matthias Richter & Ulrike Weiland - Book review




Applied Urban Ecology

A Global Framework


Edited by: Matthias Richter, Ulrike Weiland

Published: January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback, 240 pages
ISBN-10: 1444333402
ISBN-13: 978-1444333404
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell










"Urban ecology plays an important role in understanding urban systems" write environmental scientists and ecologists Matthias Richter and Ulrike Weiland, in their diverse and systems oriented anthology Applied Urban Ecology: A Global Framework. The editors provide a well rounded series of articles, written by leading global authorities, that cover the wide range of topics and issues relating to urban ecology and urban ecosystems.

Matthias Richter and Ulrike Weiland offer a multi-disciplinary approach to the study and understanding of urban ecological systems. The widely diverse essays, that comprise the core of the book, recognize and consider the very heterogeneous nature of cities around the world. The global perspective, chosen by the editors, offers insights into the shared and different ecological challenges faced by old and new cities on different continents. Te essays cover the gap between theory and practice, demonstrating the many successful approaches to overcoming urban ecological challenges, faced by cities across the globe. The editors take a modern approach to urban ecology, and share the many variations on the contemporary study of urban ecology and urban natural systems.

Ulrike Weiland and Matthias Richter recognize that it's important for urban planners in all disciplines to have a solid grounding in the fundamentals of urban ecology. As a result, the editors provide articles that have both a wide range of subject matter and a full global perspective. The book is divided conveniently into four overall sections:

* Part I: Introduction to the concepts and societal context
* Part II: Urban ecology overview of related disciplines, tools, and techniques
* Part II: Selected fields of urban ecology
* Part IV: Synthesis of the cross-disciplinary approaches into an overall framework

For me, the power of the book is how Matthias Richter and Ulrike Weiland provide a comprehensive overview of the breadth and depth of issues and challenges relating to urban ecology. The editors provide important articles that address each of the critical issues in urban ecology, and offer viable and proven solutions from around the world. The goal of the book is achieved by creating an overall framework for guiding urban planners, business people, scientists, students, and other practitioners toward a solutions oriented approach to the subject. The book and its articles are approachable and understandable for the non-professional, yet are in depth enough to be of real value to students, graduate students, and professional scientists.

I highly recommend the very hands on and engaging book Applied Urban Ecology: A Global Framework edited by Matthias Richter and Ulrike Weiland, to any field researchers, scientists, practitioners, urban planners, policy makers in government, business leaders, educators, and students at all levels who are seeking a clear and understandable guide to urban ecology, its challenges, and its potential solutions. This book will transform the way decision makers approach urban ecological issues, and provide students with a firm foundation in applied urban ecology.

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