Urban environments are expanding globally as the number and proportion of humans that live in cities continues to increase the discipline of urban ecology is also expanding as interest surges in the ecological impacts of urbanization and the diverse ways in which urban environments can affect their human and non human residents. Provides an accessible introduction to urban ecology using established ecological theory to identify generalities in the complexity of urban environments examines the bio physical processes of urbanization and how these influence the dynamics of urban populations communities and ecosystems explores the ecology of humans in cities. With over half of the global human population living in urban regions urban ecosystems may now represent the contemporary and future human environment consisting of green space and the built environment theyharbour a wide range of species yet are not well understood this book aims to review . Urban ecology brings together an international team of leading scientists to discuss our current understanding of all aspects of urban environments from the biology of the organisms that inhabit them to the diversity of ecosystem services and human social issues encountered within urban landscapes
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