The Ecological Functions and Ecosystem Services of Urban and Technogenic Soils: from Theory to Practice (A Review)

V.I. Vasenev*, A.P.E. van Oudenhoven, O.N. Romzaykina, R.A. Hajiaghaeva

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Abstract

A review of Russian and foreign approaches to analyze and assess the ecological and socioeconomic role of urban and technogenic soils is made in the context of the two popular concepts: the ecological functions of soils and ecosystem services. The modern definitions, classification, and evaluation of ecosystem services and their relationships with soil functions are considered both in general and in relation to urban and technogenic soils. Despite some methodological differences, the work shows that the concepts are closely related, and their joint use is highly promising. Three practical examples for the cities of Moscow, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong show a consistent transition from the analysis of soil properties and functions to the assessment of ecosystem services and decision making in engineering, urban improvement, and sustainable urban development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1119-1132
JournalEurasian Soil Science
Volume51
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • decision-making support
  • ecologic and economic assessment
  • sustainable development of cities
  • urbanization

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