The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology: Space, Scale, and Time for the Study of Cities
The first “urban century” in history has arrived, with the majority of the world’s population now residing in cities, and their surroundings and urban areas still expanding. The planning and design of future cities requires attention to diverse issues such as human migration, public health, economic restructuring, water supply, climate, and sea level change. The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology, a book written by Forest Service scientists at the agency’s Northern Research Station and their colleagues, and published by Yale University Press, builds on two decades of Forest Service science in the pioneering Baltimore Ecosystem Study.. These Forest Service scientists and their many partners have gained fresh perspectives on how to study, build, and manage cities in innovative and sustainable ways. The book articulates how urban ecology fits into contemporary approaches to ecology and social science. The authors describe best practices for interdisciplinary science, applications, and data strategies. Ultimately, the authors argue that this new view of urban ecology suggests a new land ethic that includes the entire metropolitan mosaic. Although this book is about Baltimore, it is not just about Baltimore; it is about how scientists and decision-makers can work together to make cities more sustainable, equitable, and resilient throughout the world.
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