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Monitoring Abiotic Inputs and Outputs

  • Skabelund L
  • DiGiovanni K
  • Starry O
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Green roof monitoring is critical to understand and improve the design, implementation, and management of green roof ecosystems. Creating resilient, less resource intensive living roofs fitting their larger eco-regional context, specific local setting, and unique project objectives means understanding inputs and outputs. This chapter addresses monitoring abiotic inputs and outputs related to green roof hydrology (precipitation and irrigation, storage, outflow, and evapotranspiration), water quality, energy fluxes, temperatures, meteorological conditions (wind), and gas/carbon exchange. This chapter presents monitoring approaches and equipment needs from literature and researcher interviews detailing several relevant examples. Important design, educational, and management opportunities relating to effective monitoring




Skabelund, L. R., DiGiovanni, K., & Starry, O. (2015). Monitoring Abiotic Inputs and Outputs (pp. 27–62).

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