Aquatic benefits and beyond: how urban tree planting enhances ecosystem services

Hutchins, Michael ORCID:; Qu, Yueming; Baker, Henry; Miller, James ORCID:; Jones, Laurence ORCID: 2023 Aquatic benefits and beyond: how urban tree planting enhances ecosystem services. [Speech] In: XXVIII General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), Berlin, 11-20 July 2023.

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Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are increasingly viewed as of central importance to improving the quality of human and environmental health in urban areas. Preservation and planting of trees are probably the most common management strategies for ensuring urban ecosystem services. For the aquatic environment the benefits of trees are typically assumed to be self-evident or are based on knowledge translated from other systems. However, this is often not the case for urban areas due to different combinations of stressors and the fine-scale complexity of urban environments. Here we present a concept for assessing multiple-benefits of NBS, and addressing key elements around scale, which is often missing from such frameworks. The work was developed through international collaborations. To provide important underpinning evidence supporting the framework, we have undertaken systematic evidence reviews and meta-analyses of scientific literature for hydrological (flood relief), water quality (pollution control) and aquatic macroinvertebrate (biodiversity) indicators. This information has been aligned with new statistical analyses and incorporated into modelling assessments. The findings are set in the context of priority needs of city stakeholders to identify strategies for optimal NBS establishment and inform best practice.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Speech)
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Hydro-climate Risks (Science Area 2017-)
Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
Soils and Land Use (Science Area 2017-)
Date made live: 10 Jan 2024 16:39 +0 (UTC)

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