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A review of climate change impacts on urban soil functions with examples and policy insights from England, UK

Rawlins, B.G.; Harris, J.; Price, S.; Bartlett, M.. 2015 A review of climate change impacts on urban soil functions with examples and policy insights from England, UK. Soil Use and Management, 31 (S1). 46-61. https://doi.org/10.1111/sum.12079

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Abstract/Summary

As of 2010, more than half of the global population resides in urban areas and relies to some extent on the functions, services and natural capital provided by urban soils. Greater extremes in climate predicted for the coming decades will impact on these urban soil functions to varying degrees. We provide an inventory of urban soil functions based on an extension to the typology of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (i.e. we added a carrying function to those of supporting, regulating, provisioning and cultural) and review the climate drivers which are likely to have the most significant impacts upon them, using urban soils of England as an exemplar. We identify knowledge gaps, in areas such as carbon cycling and storage, disease regulation and cultural services. We assess adaptation measures which may ameliorate these potential, climate change-related impacts including changes in construction practices, developments in green architecture and development proposals under the planning regime. We discuss the lack of policies relating to urban soils and the problem associated with monitoring their functions, as is often the case, when large quantities of soil are removed and replaced leading to major transformation of soil properties which may be un-related to pedogenic processes.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1111/sum.12079
ISSN: 0266-0032
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 15 Apr 2014 13:06 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/502739

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