The Benefits and Limits of Urban Tree Planting for Environmental and Human Health

Show full item record



Permalink

http://hdl.handle.net/10138/330247

Citation

Pataki , D E , Alberti , M , Cadenasso , M L , Felson , A J , McDonnell , M J , Pincetl , S , Pouyat , R V , Setälä , H & Whitlow , T H 2021 , ' The Benefits and Limits of Urban Tree Planting for Environmental and Human Health ' , Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution , vol. 9 , 603757 . https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.603757

Title: The Benefits and Limits of Urban Tree Planting for Environmental and Human Health
Author: Pataki, Diane E.; Alberti, Marina; Cadenasso, Mary L.; Felson, Alexander J.; McDonnell, Mark J.; Pincetl, Stephanie; Pouyat, Richard V.; Setälä, Heikki; Whitlow, Thomas H.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
Date: 2021-04-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
ISSN: 2296-701X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/330247
Abstract: Many of the world's major cities have implemented tree planting programs based on assumed environmental and social benefits of urban forests. Recent studies have increasingly tested these assumptions and provide empirical evidence for the contributions of tree planting programs, as well as their feasibility and limits, for solving or mitigating urban environmental and social issues. We propose that current evidence supports local cooling, stormwater absorption, and health benefits of urban trees for local residents. However, the potential for urban trees to appreciably mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution over a wide array of sites and environmental conditions is limited. Consequently, urban trees appear to be more promising for climate and pollution adaptation strategies than mitigation strategies. In large part, this is due to space constraints limiting the extent of urban tree canopies relative to the current magnitude of emissions. The most promising environmental and health impacts of urban trees are those that can be realized with well-stewarded tree planting and localized design interventions at site to municipal scales. Tree planting at these scales has documented benefits on local climate and health, which can be maximized through targeted site design followed by monitoring, adaptive management, and studies of long-term eco-evolutionary dynamics.
Subject: urban ecology
forestry
sustainability
policy
climate mitigation
climate adaptation
ecosystem services
ecosystem disservices
OUTDOOR THERMAL COMFORT
IMPROVED PUBLIC-HEALTH
CARBON STORAGE
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
AIR-QUALITY
RAINFALL INTERCEPTION
VEGETATION
COVER
DESIGN
IMPACT
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Rights:


Files in this item

Total number of downloads: Loading...

Files Size Format View
fevo_09_603757.pdf 4.592Mb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record