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Mitigating air pollution and the urban heat island effect: The roles of urban trees

Sinnett, Danielle

Authors

Danielle Sinnett Danielle.Sinnett@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Healthy Green Infrastructure



Contributors

Ian Douglas
Editor

David Goode
Editor

Mike Houck
Editor

David Maddox
Editor

Abstract

Trees in the urban environment have been proposed as one mechanism to reduce air pollution and the impacts of the UHI in cities. There are now policies and initiatives in place globally to increase the canopy cover in our neighbourhoods. Trees have numerous other benefits or ecosystem services, for example providing habitats, visual amenity and storm water management and form an integral part of the wider network of green infrastructure in our towns and cities. This chapter summarises the mechanisms by which trees have the potential to provide two regulating ecosystem services: improved air quality and reduced temperature. It also explores some of characteristics of trees and their planting location that are associated with the greatest benefits.

Publication Date Aug 27, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Handbook of Urban Ecology
APA6 Citation Sinnett, D. (2018). Mitigating air pollution and the urban heat island effect: The roles of urban trees. In I. Douglas, D. Goode, M. Houck, & D. Maddox (Eds.), Handbook of Urban EcologyRoutledge
Keywords green infrastructure, urban streets, air quality, climate change adaptation