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Informal Urban Green-Space: Comparison of Quantity and Characteristics in Brisbane, Australia and Sapporo, Japan

PLoS One, Jun 2014, Vol.9(6), p.e99784 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Informal Urban Green-Space: Comparison of Quantity and Characteristics in Brisbane, Australia and Sapporo, Japan
  • Author: Rupprecht, Christoph ; Byrne, Jason
  • Found In: PLoS One, Jun 2014, Vol.9(6), p.e99784 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Green Development ; Research ; Vegetation ; Gardens & Gardening ; Accessibility ; Urban Planning ; Verges ; Landscape Architecture ; Vegetation ; Spatial Distribution ; Spatial Discrimination ; Land Use ; Railroads ; Aerial Photography ; Urban Areas ; Flora ; Land Use ; Aerial Photography ; Urban Areas
  • Language: English
  • Description: Informal urban green-space (IGS) such as vacant lots, brownfields and street or railway verges is receiving growing attention from urban scholars. Research has shown IGS can provide recreational space for residents and habitat for flora and fauna, yet we know little about the quantity, spatial distribution, vegetation structure or accessibility of IGS. We also lack a commonly accepted definition of IGS and a method that can be used for its rapid quantitative assessment. This paper advances a definition and typology of IGS that has potential for global application. Based on this definition, IGS land use percentage in central Brisbane, Australia and Sapporo, Japan was systematically surveyed in a 10×10 km grid containing 121 sampling sites of 2,500 m2 per city, drawing on data recorded in the field and aerial photography. Spatial distribution, vegetation structure and accessibility of IGS were also analyzed. We found approximately 6.3% of the surveyed urban area in Brisbane and 4.8% in Sapporo...
  • Identifier: E-ISSN: 19326203 ; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0099784

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