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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633111/drought-avoiding-plants-with-low-water-use-can-achieve-high-rainfall-retention-without-jeopardising-survival-on-green-roofs
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Christopher Szota, Claire Farrell, Nicholas S G Williams, Stefan K Arndt, Tim D Fletcher
Green roofs are increasingly being used among the suite of tools designed to reduce the volume of surface water runoff generated by cities. Plants provide the primary mechanism for restoring the rainfall retention capacity of green roofs, but selecting plants with high water use is likely to increase drought stress. Using empirically-derived plant physiological parameters, we used a water balance model to assess the trade-off between rainfall retention and plant drought stress under a 30-year climate scenario...
June 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618315/simulation-of-green-roof-runoff-under-different-substrate-depths-and-vegetation-covers-by-coupling-a-simple-conceptual-and-a-physically-based-hydrological-model
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Konstantinos X Soulis, John D Valiantzas, Nikolaos Ntoulas, George Kargas, Panayiotis A Nektarios
In spite of the well-known green roof benefits, their widespread adoption in the management practices of urban drainage systems requires the use of adequate analytical and modelling tools. In the current study, green roof runoff modeling was accomplished by developing, testing, and jointly using a simple conceptual model and a physically based numerical simulation model utilizing HYDRUS-1D software. The use of such an approach combines the advantages of the conceptual model, namely simplicity, low computational requirements, and ability to be easily integrated in decision support tools with the capacity of the physically based simulation model to be easily transferred in conditions and locations other than those used for calibrating and validating it...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558261/regulating-urban-surface-runoff-through-nature-based-solutions-an-assessment-at-the-micro-scale
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Teresa Zölch, Lisa Henze, Patrick Keilholz, Stephan Pauleit
Urban development leads to changes of surface cover that disrupt the hydrological cycle in cities. In particular, impermeable surfaces and the removal of vegetation reduce the ability to intercept, store and infiltrate rainwater. Consequently, the volume of stormwater runoff and the risk of local flooding rises. This is further amplified by the anticipated effects of climate change leading to an increased frequency and intensity of heavy rain events. Hence, urban adaptation strategies are required to mitigate those impacts...
August 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520817/heat-in-the-southeastern-united-states-characteristics-trends-and-potential-health-impact
#4
Jeremy E Diem, Christine E Stauber, Richard Rothenberg
High summer temperatures in extratropical areas have an impact on the public's health, mainly through heat stress, high air pollution concentrations, and the transmission of tropical diseases. The purpose of this study is to examine the current characteristics of heat events and future projections of summer apparent temperature (AT)-and associated health concerns-throughout the southeastern United States. Synoptic climatology was used to assess the atmospheric characteristics of extreme heat days (EHDs) from 1979-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504300/effect-of-protection-against-hot-climate-on-growth-performance-physiological-response-and-endocrine-profile-of-growing-lambs-under-semi-arid-tropical-environment
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Kalyan De, Davendra Kumar, Anoop Kumar Singh, Kamal Kumar, Artabandhu Sahoo, Syed Mohammed Khursheed Naqvi
In the hot semi-arid tropical region, extreme summer is a major constraint in sheep production. The growth performance of growing lambs is impaired during the summer. Therefore, the present study was conducted to assess the effect of protection against hot climate on growth performance, physiological response, and endocrine profile of growing lambs under semi-arid tropical environment. All the data in the experiment were presented as mean ± SE. Thirty Malpura lambs with the age of 122.7 ± 6.05 days and body weight of 19...
May 13, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480127/towards-providing-solutions-to-the-air-quality-crisis-in-the-mexico-city-metropolitan-area-carbon-sequestration-by-succulent-species-in-green-roofs
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Margarita Collazo-Ortega, Ulises Rosas, Jerónimo Reyes-Santiago
INTRODUCTION: In the first months of 2016, the Mexico City Metropolitan Area experienced the worst air pollution crisis in the last decade, prompting drastic short-term solutions by the Mexico City Government and neighboring States. In order to help further the search for long-term sustainable solutions, we felt obliged to immediately release the results of our research regarding the monitoring of carbon sequestration by green roofs. Large-scale naturation, such as the implementation of green roofs, provides a way to partially mitigate the increased carbon dioxide output in urban areas...
March 31, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412623/the-urban-heat-island-effect-its-causes-and-mitigation-with-reference-to-the-thermal-properties-of-asphalt-concrete
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Abbas Mohajerani, Jason Bakaric, Tristan Jeffrey-Bailey
The Urban Heat Island (UHI) is a phenomenon that affects many millions of people worldwide. The higher temperatures experienced in urban areas compared to the surrounding countryside has enormous consequences for the health and wellbeing of people living in cities. The increased use of manmade materials and increased anthropogenic heat production are the main causes of the UHI. This has led to the understanding that increased urbanisation is the primary cause of the urban heat island. The UHI effect also leads to increased energy needs that further contribute to the heating of our urban landscape, and the associated environmental and public health consequences...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405299/multifunctionality-is-affected-by-interactions-between-green-roof-plant-species-substrate-depth-and-substrate-type
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Yann Dusza, Sébastien Barot, Yvan Kraepiel, Jean-Christophe Lata, Luc Abbadie, Xavier Raynaud
Green roofs provide ecosystem services through evapotranspiration and nutrient cycling that depend, among others, on plant species, substrate type, and substrate depth. However, no study has assessed thoroughly how interactions between these factors alter ecosystem functions and multifunctionality of green roofs. We simulated some green roof conditions in a pot experiment. We planted 20 plant species from 10 genera and five families (Asteraceae, Caryophyllaceae, Crassulaceae, Fabaceae, and Poaceae) on two substrate types (natural vs...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333081/hyperspectral-monitoring-of-green-roof-vegetation-health-state-in-sub-mediterranean-climate-preliminary-results
#9
Patrizia Piro, Michele Porti, Simone Veltri, Emanuela Lupo, Monica Moroni
In urban and industrial environments, the constant increase of impermeable surfaces has produced drastic changes in the natural hydrological cycle. Decreasing green areas not only produce negative effects from a hydrological-hydraulic perspective, but also from an energy point of view, modifying the urban microclimate and generating, as shown in the literature, heat islands in our cities. In this context, green infrastructures may represent an environmental compensation action that can be used to re-equilibrate the hydrological and energy balance and reduce the impact of pollutant load on receiving water bodies...
March 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318693/the-influence-of-dual-substrate-layer-extensive-green-roofs-on-rainwater-runoff-quantity-and-quality
#10
Xiaoou Wang, Yimei Tian, Xinhua Zhao
This study investigates the ability of dual-substrate-layer extensive green roofs to retain rainwater and reduce pollutant leaching. The substrates in dual-substrate-layer green roofs consist of an upper organic nutrition layer for plant growth and a lower inorganic adsorption layer for water retention and pollutant reduction. One traditional single-substrate-layer extensive green roof was built for comparison with dual-substrate-layer green roofs. During the experimental period, dual-substrate-layer green roofs supported better natural vegetation growth, with coverage exceeding 90%, while the coverage in single-substrate-layer green roof was over 80%...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304134/a-modified-eco-efficiency-framework-and-methodology-for-advancing-the-state-of-practice-of-sustainability-analysis-as-applied-to-green-infrastructure
#11
Santosh R Ghimire, John M Johnston
We propose a modified eco-efficiency (EE) framework and novel sustainability analysis methodology for green infrastructure (GI) practices used in water resource management. GI practices such as rainwater harvesting (RWH), rain gardens, porous pavements, and green roofs are emerging as viable strategies for climate change adaptation. The modified framework includes four economic, 11 environmental, and three social indicators. Using six indicators from the framework, at least one from each dimension of sustainability, we demonstrate the methodology to analyze RWH designs...
March 17, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274257/prevalence-and-determinants-of-malaria-among-children-in-zamb%C3%A3-zia-province-mozambique
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James G Carlucci, Meridith Blevins Peratikos, Charlotte B Cherry, Melanie L Lopez, Ann F Green, Lazaro González-Calvo, Troy D Moon
BACKGROUND: Malaria is the leading cause of death among children in Mozambique. Prevalence and factors associated with malaria are not well studied among children in rural Zambézia Province. Whether prevalence of malaria varies across diverse districts within the province is unknown. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of female heads of household was conducted during April and May 2014, a period of peak malaria transmission. Data were collected on up to two randomly selected children aged 6-59 months per household...
March 9, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192368/erratum-water-science-and-technology-74-8-1845-1854-toward-an-operational-tool-to-simulate-green-roof-hydrological-impact-at-the-basin-scale-a-new-version-of-the-distributed-rainfall-runoff-model-multi-hydro-pierre-antoine-versini-et-al-doi-10-2166-wst-2016
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Pierre-Antoine Versini, Auguste Gires, Ioulia Tchiguirinskaia, Daniel Schertzer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171833/assessing-chilling-and-drought-tolerance-of-different-plant-genera-on-extensive-green-roofs-in-an-arid-climate-region-in-iran
#14
Navid Vahdati, Ali Tehranifar, Fatemeh Kazemi
The harsh and stressful growing environment of extensive green roofs especially in arid environments allows a limited range of plant species to survive. Therefore, achieving plantings to survive in such conditions is a significant challenge. This paper describes an experiment investigating plant selections for extensive green roofs based on chilling (cold season) and drought (warm season) conditions of Iran. Nine species were selected from the three major taxonomic and functional plant groups that are commonly used on extensive green roofs including grasses, groundcovers and sedums...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164299/habitat-connectivity-and-local-conditions-shape-taxonomic-and-functional-diversity-of-arthropods-on-green-roofs
#15
Sonja Braaker, Martin Karl Obrist, Jaboury Ghazoul, Marco Moretti
Increasing development of urban environments creates high pressure on green spaces with potential negative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. There is growing evidence that green roofs - rooftops covered with vegetation - can contribute mitigate the loss of urban green spaces by providing new habitats for numerous arthropod species. Whether green roofs can contribute to enhance taxonomic and functional diversity and increase connectivity across urbanized areas remains, however, largely unknown...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162763/sedum-dominated-green-roofs-in-a-semi-arid-region-increase-co2-concentrations-during-the-dry-season
#16
Har'el Agra, Tamir Klein, Amiel Vasl, Hadar Shalom, Gyongyver Kadas, Leon Blaustein
Green roofs are expected to absorb and store carbon in plants and soils and thereby reduce the high CO2 concentration levels in big cities. Sedum species, which are succulent perennials, are commonly used in extensive green roofs due to their shallow root system and ability to withstand long water deficiencies. Here we examined CO2 fixation and emission rates for Mediterranean Sedum sediforme on green-roof experimental plots. During late winter to early spring, we monitored CO2 concentrations inside transparent tents placed over 1m(2) plots and followed gas exchange at the leaf level using a portable gas-exchange system...
April 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052509/spatially-dependent-biotic-and-abiotic-factors-drive-survivorship-and-physical-structure-of-green-roof-vegetation
#17
Jason M Aloisio, Matthew I Palmer, Mario A Giampieri, Amy R Tuininga, James D Lewis
Plant survivorship depends on biotic and abiotic factors that vary at local and regional scales. This survivorship, in turn, has cascading effects on community composition and the physical structure of vegetation. Survivorship of native plant species is variable among populations planted in environmentally stressful habitats like urban roofs, but the degree to which factors at different spatial scales affect survivorship in urban systems is not well understood. We evaluated the effects of biotic and abiotic factors on survivorship, composition, and physical structure of two native perennial species assemblages, one characterized by a mixture of C4 grasses and forbs (Hempstead Plains, HP) and one characterized by a mixture of C3 grasses and forbs (Rocky Summit, RS), that were initially sown at equal ratios of growth forms (5:1:4; grass, N-fixing forb and non-N-fixing forb) in replicate 2-m(2) plots planted on 10 roofs in New York City (New York, USA)...
January 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034543/using-soil-microbial-inoculations-to-enhance-substrate-performance-on-extensive-green-roofs
#18
Chloe J Molineux, Alan C Gange, Darryl J Newport
Green roofs are increasing in popularity in the urban environment for their contribution to green infrastructure; but their role for biodiversity is not often a design priority. Maximising biodiversity will impact positively on ecosystem services and is therefore fundamental for achieving the greatest benefits from green roofs. Extensive green roofs are lightweight systems generally constructed with a specialised growing medium that tends to be biologically limited and as such can be a harsh habitat for plants to thrive in...
February 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012387/optimal-location-selection-for-the-installation-of-urban-green-roofs-considering-honeybee-habitats-along-with-socio-economic-and-environmental-effects
#19
Jae Ha Gwak, Bo Kyeong Lee, Won Kyung Lee, So Young Sohn
This study proposes a new framework for the selection of optimal locations for green roofs to achieve a sustainable urban ecosystem. The proposed framework selects building sites that can maximize the benefits of green roofs, based not only on the socio-economic and environmental benefits to urban residents, but also on the provision of urban foraging sites for honeybees. The framework comprises three steps. First, building candidates for green roofs are selected considering the building type. Second, the selected building candidates are ranked in terms of their expected socio-economic and environmental effects...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936895/portulaca-grandiflora-as-green-roof-vegetation-plant-growth-and-phytoremediation-experiments
#20
K Vijayaraghavan, Jesu Arockiaraj, Seralathan Kamala-Kannan
Finding appropriate rooftop vegetation may improve the quality of runoff from green roofs. Portulaca grandiflora was examined as possible vegetation for green roofs. Green roof substrate was found to have low bulk density (360.7 kg/m(3)) and high water-holding capacity (49.4%), air-filled porosity (21.1%), and hydraulic conductivity (5270 mm/hour). The optimal substrate also supported the growth of P. grandiflora with biomass multiplication of 450.3% and relative growth rate of 0.038. Phytoextraction potential of P...
June 3, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
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