Research agenda on biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services in European cities

Pinho, Pedro; Casanelles-Abella, Joan; Luz, Ana Catarina; Kubicka, Anna Maria; Branquinho, Cristina; Laanisto, Lauri; Neuenkamp, Lena; Orti, Marta Alos; Obrist, Martin K.; Deguines, Nicolas; Tryjanowski, Piotr; Samson, Roeland; Niinemets, Ulo; Moretti, Marco (2021). Research agenda on biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services in European cities. Basic and applied ecology, 53, pp. 124-133. Elsevier 10.1016/j.baae.2021.02.014

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Cities are challenging environments for human life, because of multiple environmental issues driven by urbanization. These can sometimes be mitigated through ecosystem services provided by different functions supported by biodiversity. However, biodiversity in cities is affected by numerous factors, namely habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation, as well as pollution, altered climate, and new biotic challenges. To better understand the link between biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, we need to improve our mechanistic knowledge of these relationships. Trait-based ecology is a promising approach for unravelling the causes and consequences of biodiversity filtering on ecosystem processes and underlying services, but large gaps remain unexplored. Here, we present a series of research directions that are aimed at extending the current knowledge of the relationship between trait-based biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services in cities. These directions are based on: (1) improving urban habitat mapping; (2) considering often neglected urban habitats and ecological niches; (3) integrating multiple urban gradients; (4) using trait-based approaches to improve our mechanistic understanding of the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services; and (5) extending the involvement of citizens. Pursuing these research directions may support the sustainable management of urban ecosystems and the long-term provision of ecosystem services, ultimately enhancing the well-being of urban populations.(C) 2021 Gesellschaft fur Okologie. Published by Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Plant Ecology
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

UniBE Contributor:

Neuenkamp, Lena

Subjects:

500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

1439-1791

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

15 Jul 2021 12:25

Last Modified:

15 Jul 2021 12:25

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.baae.2021.02.014

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Citizen science; Habitat mapping; Multiple environmental gradients; Neglected habitats and niches; Species traits; Urban ecology

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/157042

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/157042

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