How ecological disturbance applies to cities
What is it about?
Taking a recent conceptual framework for ecological disturbance, we consider how it applies to urban systems and use examples of land conversion, changes in tree cover, fire, and flood to show how the drivers and changes in system state are different in cities than in non-urban ecosystems.
Why is it important?
Ecological theory has been developed in presumed "pristine" ecosystems, purportedly away from the influences of humans. By considering a city, arguably the most human-influenced of all ecosystems, we can show the utility of ecological theory for all ecosystems.
The following have contributed to this page: Nancy Grimm