Urban Expansion, Land Cover and Soil Ecosystem Services

Urban Expansion, Land Cover and Soil Ecosystem Services

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More than half of the world population now lives in cities, and urban expansion continues as rural people move to cities. This results in the loss of land for other purposes, particularly soil for agriculture and drainage. This book presents a review of current knowledge of the extension and projected expansion of urban areas at a global scale. Focusing on the impact of the process of 'land take' on soil resources and the ecosystem services that they provide, it describes approaches and methodologies for detecting and measuring urban areas, based mainly on remote sensing, together with a review of models and projected data on urban expansion. The most innovative aspect includes an analysis of the drivers and especially the impacts of soil sealing and land take on ecosystem services, including agriculture and food security, biodiversity, hydrology, climate and landscape. Case studies of cities from Europe, China and Latin America are included. The aim is not only to present and analyse this important environmental challenge, but also to propose and discuss solutions for the limitation, mitigation and compensation of this process.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 302 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 15.24mm | 771g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 67 Line drawings, color; 13 Line drawings, black and white; 1 Tables, color; 39 Tables, black and white; 80 Illustrations, color; 128 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138885096
  • 9781138885097
  • 1,814,306

About Ciro Gardi

Ciro Gardi works in the Animal and Plant Health Unit of the European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist at the Land Resource Management Unit of the Joint Research Center of the European Commission and Professor of Soil Science at the University of Parma. He has served as an independent expert and consultant for the European Commission, World Bank, OECD and several NGOs and is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative, representing it in the Global Soil Partnership (FAO).show more

Table of contents

Foreword Fernanda Guerrieri Part 1: Introducing and Understanding the Process 1. Is Urban Expansion a Problem? Ciro Gardi 2. Measuring and Monitoring the Extent of the Built Environment: Methodologies and Data Available Michele Munafo and Luca Congedo 3. Measuring and Monitoring the Extent of the Built Environment: From the Local to the Global Scale Daniele Ehrlich, Aneta J. Florczyk, Andreea Julea, Thomas Kemper, Martino Pesaresi and Vasileios Syrris 4. Modelling and Projecting Urban Land Cover Carlo Lavalle, Filipe Batista e Silva, Claudia Baranzelli, Chris Jacobs-Crisioni, Ana Luisa Barbosa, Jean-Philippe Aurambout, Ricardo Barranco, Mert Kompil, Ine Vandecasteele and Carolina Perpina Castillo 5. Drivers of Urban Expansion Stefan Fina Part 2: Impact of Land Take and Soil Sealing on Soil-related Ecosystem Services 6. Urban Expansion and Impacts on Ecosystem Services: An Overview Mitchell Pavo-Zuckermann and Richard Pouyat 7. Impact of Land Take on Global Food Security Ciro Gardi 8. Hydrological Impact of Soil Sealing and Urban Land Take Alberto Pistocchi 9. Impact of Land Take on Biodiversity Geertrui Louwagie, Mirko Gregor, Manuel Lohnertz, Ece Aksoy, Christoph Schroder and Erika Orlitova 10. Impact of Land Take and Soil Sealing on Carbon Storage Klaus Lorenz and Rattan Lal 11. Urban Sprawl, Soil Sealing and Impacts on Local Climate Luigi Perini, Andrea Colantoni, Gianluca Renzi and Luca Salvati 12. Impacts of Urban Sprawl on Landscape Marie Cugny-Seguin Part 3: Case Studies 13. Italy Michele Munafo and Luca Congedo 14. Urban Land Expansion and its Impacts on Cultivated Land in the Pearl River Delta, China Xiaoqing Song and Zhifeng Wu 15. Urbanization in Mexico as Cases for Latin America Rene R. Colditz, Maria Isabel Cruz Lopez, Adrian Guillermo Aguilar Martinez, Jose Manuel Davila Rosas. and, Rainer A. Ressl 16. Dar es Salam Michele Munafo and Luca Congedo Part 4: Policy and Good Practices 17. Limitation, Mitigation and Compensation Stefano Salata and Gundula Prokop 18. Policy, Strategy and Technical Solutions for Land Take Limitations Stefano Salata 19. Soil Sealing and Land Take as Global Soil Threat: The Policy Perspective Luca Montanarella 20. Conclusions Ciro Gardishow more