Understanding Soils in Urban Environments

Understanding Soils in Urban Environments

by Pam Hazelton, Brian Murphy

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Soil properties such as water retention, salinity and acidity are not just issues for agriculture and forestry. They are equally as significant in creating environmental and structural problems for buildings and other engineering works. As an increasing proportion of the world's population is living in cities, and building and related infrastructure development continues, these problems assume ever-greater importance. In addition, existing works contribute to urban soil erosion and pollution as well as increased levels of urban runoff. Understanding Soils in Urban Environments explains how urban soils develop, change and erode. It describes their physical and chemical properties and focuses on specific soil problems, such as acid sulfate soils, that can cause environmental concern and also affect engineering works. It also addresses contemporary issues such as green roofs, urban green space and the man-made urban soils that plants may need to thrive in. It provides a concise introduction to all aspects of soils in urban environments and will be extremely useful to students in a wide range of disciplines, from soil science and urban forestry and horticulture, to planning, engineering, construction and land remediation, as well as to engineers, builders, landscape architects, ecologists, planners and developers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780643102200
Publication date: 01/14/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Pam Hazelton teaches soils in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She is the vice president of the International Union of Soil Scientists Commission for Education in Soil Science and a former President of the Australian Society of Soil Science.

Brian Murphy is a Senior Soil Scientist at the NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, Research Centre, Australia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Preface 1. Soils in an Urban Environment 2. Soil Characteristics Important for Urban Soil Management 3. Soils and the Hydrological Cycle in Urban Environments 4. Soils for Engineering Purposes 5. Soil Contamination in Urban Areas 6. Urban Soils and Ecosystems 7. Soils and Vegetation: Contributing to a More Sustainable Urban Environment 8. Urban Development on Coastal Soils 9. Interpretation of Soil Attributes in an Urban Environment. Glossary. Index

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