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The Incremental Demise of Urban Green Spaces

Colding. J., Å. Gren and S. Barthel. 2020. The Incremental Demise of Urban Green Spaces. Land 9(162).

More precise explanations are needed to better understand why public green spaces are diminishing in cities, leading to the loss of ecosystem services that humans receive from natural systems. This paper is devoted to the incremental change of green spaces—a fate that is largely undetectable by urban residents. The paper elucidates a set of drivers resulting in the subtle loss of urban green spaces and...

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How smart is smart growth? Examining the environmental validation behind city compaction

Gren, Å., J. Colding, M. Berghauser-Pont, and L. Marcus. 2019. How smart is smart growth? Examining the environmental validation behind city compaction. Ambio 48(6):580–589.

Smart growth (SG) is widely adopted by planners and policy makers as an environmentally friendly way of building cities. In this paper, we analyze the environmental validity of the SG-approach based on a review of the scientific literature. We found a lack of proof of environmental gains, in combination with a great inconsistency in the measurements of different SG attributes. We found that a surprisingly...

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Integrating Visibility Graph Analysis (VGA) with connectivity analysis in landscape ecology

Berghauser-Pont, M., k. Ahrné, Å. Gren, A. Kaczorowska, and L. Marcus. 2018. Integrating Visibility Graph Analysis (VGA) with connectivity analysis in landscape ecology. Proceedings of the 11th Space Syntax Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal: 157, 2017.

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Being efficient and green by rethinking the urban-rural divide—Combining urban expansion and food production by integrating an ecosystem service perspective into urban planning

Gren, Å., and E. Andersson. 2018. Being efficient and green by rethinking the urban-rural divide—Combining urban expansion and food production by integrating an ecosystem service perspective into urban planning. Sustainable Cities and Society 40:75–82.

A pressing issue for mankind is how to combine urban expansion and food production for present and future generations. Using a case study example –the Stockholm County in Sweden- we illustrate how incorporating an ecosystem service perspective into urban planning may help us rethink the urban-rural divide in order to facilitate a sustainable development of the urban agricultural landscape of Stockholm. In our case study...

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Operationalising a social–ecological system perspective on the Arctic Ocean

Crépin, A.-C., Å. Gren, G. Engström and D. Ospina. 2017. Operationalising a social–ecological system perspective on the Arctic Ocean. Ambio 46:S475–S485.

We propose a framework to support management that builds on a social–ecological system perspective on the Arctic Ocean. We illustrate the framework’s application for two policy-relevant scenarios of climate-driven change, picturing a shift in zooplankton composition and alternatively a crab invasion. We analyse archetypical system dynamics between the socioeconomic, the natural, and the governance systems in these scenarios. Our holistic approach can help managers identify...

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How spatial scale shapes the generation and management of multiple ecosystem services

Lindborg, R., L.J. Gordon, R. Malinga, J. Bengtsson, G. Peterson, R. Bommarco, L. Deutsch, Å. Gren, M. Rundlöf, and H.G. Smith. 2017. How spatial scale shapes the generation and management of multiple ecosystem services. Ecosphere 8(4):e01741.

The spatial extent of ecological processes has consequences for the generation of ecosystem services related to them. However, management often fails to consider issues of scale when targeting ecological processes underpinning ecosystem services generation. Here, we present a framework for conceptualizing how the amount and spatial scale (here discussed in terms of extent) of management interventions alter interactions among multiple ecosystem services. First, we identify...

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Capturing the value of green space in urban parks in a sustainable urban planning and design context: pros and cons of hedonic pricing

Engström, G., and Å. Gren. 2017. Capturing the value of green space in urban parks in a sustainable urban planning and design context: pros and cons of hedonic pricing. Ecology and Society 22(2):21.

Sixty percent of the land that will be urban in 2030 has yet to be built. Contemporary urban development is unsustainable and focus is on building dense, often at the expense of urban green space (UGS), at the same time as our understanding of links between green spaces and human well-being, especially health, is increasing. There is a need to better understand and analyze human...

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Advancing understanding of the complex nature of urban systems

McPhearson,T., D.Haase, N. Kabisch, and Å. Gren. 2016. Advancing understanding of the complex nature of urban systems. Ecological Indicators 70:566-573.

Cities and urbanized regions are complex, dynamic, and highly integrated systems linking social, ecological, and technical infrastructure domains in ways that create deep challenges for good governance, policymaking, and planning. The combination of impacts from climate change in cities, air pollution, rapid population growth, multiple sources of development pressure and overall urban system complexity make it difficult for decision-makers to develop and guide development trajectories...

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Valuation of ecosystem services at risk in the Arctic

Noring, M., l. Hasselström, C. Håkansson, Å. Soutukorva, and Å. Gren. 2016. Valuation of ecosystem services at risk in the Arctic. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy 10.1080/21606544.2016.1155499.

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Valuation of oil spill risk reductions in the Arctic

Noring, M., L. Hasselström, C. Håkansson, Å. Soutukorva, and Å. Gren. 2016. Valuation of oil spill risk reductions in the Arctic. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy 5(11):298-317.

In this study, data from a contingent valuation (CV) study in Lofoten, Norway, are used to assess the value of ecosystem services at risk from oil spills in the Arctic. It is investigated to which extent subjective opinion about the probability of a potential oil spill steers respondents’ willingness to pay (WTP) for reducing risk. The respondents’ preferences are analysed for ecosystem services. Finally, differences...