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Integrated approaches to long-term studies of urban ecological systems
This quote captures the spirit of the new urban emphasis in the US Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network. We know now that Earth abounds with both subtle and pronounced evidence of theExpand
Urban ecological systems: linking terrestrial ecological, physical, and socioeconomic components of metropolitan areas
Ecological studies of terrestrial urban systems have been approached along several kinds of contrasts: ecology in as opposed to ecology of cities; biogeochemical compared to organismal perspectives,Expand
Plant litter: Its dynamics and effects on plant community structure
We discuss the dynamics of plant litter, the effects of litter on the chemical and physical environment, the direct and indirect effects of plant litter on plant populations and communities, andExpand
Urban ecological systems: scientific foundations and a decade of progress.
Urban ecological studies, including focus on cities, suburbs, and exurbs, while having deep roots in the early to mid 20th century, have burgeoned in the last several decades. We use the state factorExpand
Space-for-Time Substitution as an Alternative to Long-Term Studies
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This chapter analyzes the benefits and shortcomings of inferring a temporal trend from a study of different aged sites using a space-for-time substitution technique. Expand
Characterization of Households and its Implications for the Vegetation of Urban Ecosystems
Our understanding of the dynamics of urban ecosystems can be enhanced by examining the multidimensional social characteristics of households. To this end, we investigated the relative significance ofExpand
Resilient cities: meaning, models, and metaphor for integrating the ecological, socio-economic, and planning realms
Urban designers, ecologists, and social scientists have called for closer links among their disciplines. We examine a promising new tool for promoting this linkage—the metaphor of “cities ofExpand
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