Neighbourhood character affects the spatial extent and magnitude of the functional footprint of urban green infrastructure

Summary

Urban densification has been argued to increase the contrast between built up and open green space. This contrast may offer a starting point for assessing the extent and magnitude of the positive influences urban green infrastructure is expected to have on its surroundings.

Our results show how green space has a non-linear and declining cooling influence on adjacent urban land uses, extending up to 300–400 m in densely built up areas and up to 500 m in low density areas. Further, we found a statistically significant declining impact of green space on bird species richness up to 500 m outside its boundaries.

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Link to centre authors: Andersson, Erik
Full reference: Andersson, E., Haase, D., Scheuer, S. and Wellmann, T., 2020. Neighbourhood character affects the spatial extent and magnitude of the functional footprint of urban green infrastructure. Landscape Ecol 35, 1605–1618 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-020-01039-z

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