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Integrated valuation of a nature-based solution for water pollution control. Highlighting hidden benefits

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 11:07am

In this study we assess multiple benefits (environmental, social and economic) provided by a multi-purpose green infrastructure (a series of constructed wetlands surrounded by a park) in a peri-urban area, and compare it with the alternative grey infrastructure and with the previous situation (a poplar plantation). We apply a multi-criteria analysis as a basis for integrated valuation. We address specific policy needs (strategic objectives) for the local territorial planning in the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive.

Hydro-dam – A nature-based solution or an ecological problem: The fate of the Tonlé Sap Lake

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 11:06am

Recent proliferation of hydro-dams was one of the nature-based solutions to meet the increasing demand for energy and food in the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMRB). While construction of these hydro-dams generated some hydropower and facilitated expansion of irrigated lands, it also significantly altered the basin-wide hydrology and subsequently impacted wetland ecosystems. Unintended adverse consequences of ecosystem services from lakes and wetlands offset the intended gains in hydroelectricity and irrigated agriculture.

Large-scale 3-D experiments of wave and current interaction with real vegetation. Part 1: Guidelines for physical modeling

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 11:05am

The growing interest in incorporating nature-based solutions and ecosystem services as part of coastal protection schemes has recently increased in the literature and focused on the understanding and modeling of wave and current interactions with natural coastal landforms, such as salt marshes. With this purpose, using flumes or basins has been one of the preferred options in experimental modeling under controlled conditions.

Stewardship of urban ecosystem services: understanding the value(s) of urban gardens in Barcelona

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 11:04am

The notion and assessment of ecosystem services (ES) values is becoming an established part of the discourse regarding urban green space performance. Yet, underlying factors enabling ES values are still poorly understood. We assume the production of ES value crucial for environmental stewardship in cities, and aimed in this study to uncover their key enabling factors.

Air contaminants and litter fall decomposition in urban forest areas: The case of S�o Paulo - SP, Brazil

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 11:03am

Background Urban forests are usually affected by several types of atmospheric contaminants and by abnormal variations in weather conditions, thus facilitating the biotic homogenization and modification of ecosystem processes, such as nutrient cycling. Peri-urban forests and even natural forests that surround metropolitan areas are also subject to anthropogenic effects generated by cities, which may compromise the dynamics of these ecosystems.

The provision of ecosystem services in response to global change: Evidences and applications

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 11:02am

As a consequence of the global increase in economic and societal prosperity, ecosystems and natural resources have been substantially exploited, degraded, or even destroyed in the last century. To prevent further deprivation of the quality of ecosystems, the ecosystem services concept has become a central issue in environmental studies. A growing number of environmental agencies and organizations worldwide are now embracing integrated approaches to plan and manage ecosystems, sharing a goal to maintain the long-term provision of ecosystem services for sustainability.

Key insights for the future of urban ecosystem services research

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 11:01am

Understanding the dynamics of urban ecosystem services is a necessary requirement for adequate planning, management, and governance of urban green infrastructure. Through the three-year Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) research project, we conducted case study and comparative research on urban biodiversity and ecosystem services across seven cities in Europe and the United States.

Subjective perception of noise exposure in relation to urban green space availability

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 11:00am

Noise pollution has been recognized as one of major threats to the health of urban residents. Increasing green space availability can create a natural buffer to the adverse effects of living in an urban environment. These positive effects of urban green space can be directly related to an objective reduction of noise levels and – indirectly – to the subjective perception of noise exposure.

Assessment of the spatiotemporal effects of land use changes on runoff and nitrate loads in the Talar River

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 11:00am

This research surveyed the effects of land use changes on flow nitrate pollution in the Talar River (northern Iran), using Landsat images of 1991 and 2013 and the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT). The results indicated that forest areas decreased by 14.9% and irrigated crops, dry land farming areas, range lands and residential areas increased by 46.8%, 31.1%, 4.7% and 17.5%, respectively.

The health benefits of nature-based solutions to urbanization challenges for children and the elderly – A systematic review

Submitted by Stavros Stagakis on June 20, 2018 - 10:59am

Urban green and blue spaces promote health by offering areas for physical activity, stress relief, and social interaction, which may be considered as cultural ecosystem services. They also provide a number of regulating ecosystem services that can be regarded as nature-based solutions to mitigate impacts from urbanization-induced challenges. Urban trees and other vegetation provide cooling through shade and evapotranspiration, which reduce the impact of the urban heat island on hot summer days. Urban vegetation may improve air quality by removing air pollutants.