Shades of Green: Measuring the Ecology of Urban Green Space in the Context of Human Health and Well-Being

  • Jorgensen A
  • Gobster P
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In this paper we review and analyze the recent research literature on urban green space and human health and well-being, with an emphasis on studies that attempt to measure biodiversity and other green space concepts relevant to urban ecological restoration. We first conduct a broad scale assessment of the literature to identify typologies of urban green space and human health and well-being measures, and use a research mapping exercise to detect research priorities and gaps. We then provide a more in-depth assessment of selected studies that use diverse and innovative approaches to measuring the more ecological aspects of urban green space and we evaluate the utility of these approaches in developing urban restoration principles and practices that are responsive to both human and ecological values.

Author-supplied keywords

  • biodiversity
  • green infrastructure
  • proxy measures
  • research mapping
  • scenario manipulation
  • urban ecological restoration

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  • A Jorgensen

  • P H Gobster

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