38. Novel Urban Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services

  1. Richard J. Hobbs3,
  2. Eric S. Higgs4 and
  3. Carol M. Hall4
  1. Michael P. Perring3,
  2. Pete Manning1,
  3. Richard J. Hobbs3,
  4. Ariel E. Lugo2,
  5. Cristina E. Ramalho3 and
  6. Rachel J. Standish3

Published Online: 31 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118354186.ch38

Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order

Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order

How to Cite

Perring, M. P., Manning, P., Hobbs, R. J., Lugo, A. E., Ramalho, C. E. and Standish, R. J. (2013) Novel Urban Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services, in Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order (eds R. J. Hobbs, E. S. Higgs and C. M. Hall), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118354186.ch38

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology (ERIE) Research Group, School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, Australia

  2. 4

    School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, University of Newcastle, UK

  2. 2

    International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico

  3. 3

    Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology (ERIE) Research Group, School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 JAN 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118354223

Online ISBN: 9781118354186

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Keywords:

  • ecosystem services;
  • novel urban ecosystem;
  • urban vegetation

Summary

This chapter addresses the facets of novelty that pervade the urban environment before reviewing the ecosystem services that different components of the urban environment provide. It describes the known and potential contribution of novel elements to these services, with a particular focus on vegetation. The services reviewed include biodiversity maintenance, carbon storage, flood regulation, recreation, spiritual fulfilment and education. The chapter discusses how ecosystem service provision could be boosted by novel components but adds that experiments are required to test our assertions. Research is also needed to investigate trade-offs among the delivery of ecosystem services in urban areas and to investigate whether they can be successfully implemented in urban areas across the globe and in different socio-cultural, economic and ecological contexts.