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Urban biophysical environments / Howard Bridgman, Robin Warner, John Dodson
Bib ID 2407721
Format BookBook
Author
Bridgman, Howard A
 
Description Melbourne : Oxford University Press, c1995 
xvi, 152 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm. 
ISBN 0195536118 (paperback)
Series

Meridian, Australian geographical perspectives.

Summary

At present over 80 per cent of Australia's population lives in urban areas. This percentage is likely to increase as cities expand in an attempt to keep up with the growth in population. Australia is not unique in this situation. Increasing urbanisation is the prognosis for countries all over the globe. Despite their youth, Australian cities share many characteristics and problems with cities elsewhere, while also exhibiting a localised set of difficulties that require specific solutions.

Urban development in Australia has had a major impact on surrounding biophysical environments, and this can sometimes adversely affect the health, welfare and lifestyle of urban residents. Urban Biophysical Environments provides an assessment of current and emerging environmental problems from a physical point of view. The authors take a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and managing the impact of Australian cities on the atmosphere, climate, surface water and groundwater, soil, flora and fauna, and ecosystems.

Full contents
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The impact of urbanisation on climate
  • 3. Air quality and health in the urban environment
  • 4. Impacts of urbanisation on land and water systems
  • 5. Adverse impacts of urbanisation of land and water systems on humans and ecology
  • 6. Impact of urbanisation on biological systems
  • 7. Urban bushland and the quality of life
  • 8. Urban environmental management and the future.
 
Notes

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. 138-146.

Subjects Urban ecology (Sociology) -- Australia.  |  Urban ecology (Biology) -- Australia.  |  Human ecology.
Other authors/contributors Warner, Robin F  |  Dodson, J. R

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