Carbon Sequestration Potential of Urban Parks

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

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Chemistry Research Unit (CIQUP), Institute of Molecular Sciences (IMS), Department of Geosciences, Environment and Spatial Plannings, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto (FCUP), Rua do Campo Alegre s/n, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
Interests: environmental sciences; soil physical chemistry; climate change
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Chemistry Research Unit (CIQUP), Institute of Molecular Sciences (IMS), Department of Geosciences, Environment and Spatial Plannings, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto (FCUP), Rua do Campo Alegre s/n, 4169-007 Porto, Portugal
Interests: environmental sciences; environmental sustainability assessment; climate change
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Dear Colleagues,

In the context of the climate laws that that are being approved all over the world, and with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050, municipalities must play an important political role in leading by example during this crucial process intent on the sustainable development of Earth. Due to urbanization, cities are under constant stress, and environmental sustainability is in constant danger. Sustainable urbanism practices, under the rules of green cities, must be developed and implemented. Urban parks are crucial for that purpose because among many ecosystem services, they allow for carbon sequestration in biomass and in soil, and thus may improve carbon neutrality. However, to improve carbon accountability, we need more scientific information about biomass and soil carbon sequestration. This Special Issue of Environments gathers a collection of scientific quantitative information surrounding the carbon sequestration of green urban practices, with specific focus being given to urban parks.

Prof. Dr. Joaquim Esteves Da Silva
Dr. Luís Pinto Da Silva
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Keywords

  • carbon neutrality
  • urban parks
  • biomass carbon sequestration
  • soil carbon sequestration
  • green urbanization
  • urbanization

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Assessment of the Potential Contribution of the Urban Green System to the Carbon Balance of Cities
by Maria Elena Menconi, Livia Bonciarelli and David Grohmann
Environments 2024, 11(5), 98; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments11050098 - 7 May 2024
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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a crucial challenge in urban areas characterized by high energy consumption and reduced exposure to nature. In this context, the urban green system could play a pivotal role. In the literature, scholars have analyzed both the ability of [...] Read more.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a crucial challenge in urban areas characterized by high energy consumption and reduced exposure to nature. In this context, the urban green system could play a pivotal role. In the literature, scholars have analyzed both the ability of species-specific and layout-specific green infrastructure to increase carbon sequestration and the best location sites for new green infrastructure to increase the provision of overall ecosystem services. There is a lack of studies helping green urban planners and designers choose where and which green infrastructure to implement based on vegetation species-specific performance and the local carbon emissions of city components. This paper uses tree inventory data from a medium-sized city in central Italy (Perugia) to develop a spatial analysis of urban park performance in carbon sequestration. Then, the method evaluates the carbon emission of a public city building to generate a spatialized balance between building demand and tree supply to support local decisions about the best locations for new green infrastructure and the choice between species. The paper contributes to GIS-based tools that vary the recommended location sites and species for new green infrastructure based on the demanded ecosystem service. Full article
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