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Understanding Urban Ecosystems

A New Frontier for Science and Education


Nowhere on earth is the challenge for ecological understanding greater than in cities, where human activity is at its most intense. This unique and timely published book brings together various research leaders from the field of urban ecosystems, as well as leading education researchers, administrators and practitioners. The book shows how an understanding of urban ecosystems enables urban dwellers to grasp the fundamentals of ecological and environmental science and their own environment. It is geared towards building an ecologically sustainable future by taking control of the vital links between human actions and environmental quality.