Institutskolloquium PG/KG: Urban oases: the social-ecological importance of urban green spaces. – Mi. 08.05.2024

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Prof. Dr. Monika Egerer researches the ecology and management of ecosystems in and around cities (Quelle: M. Egerer).
Physisch-geographisches Kolloquium (PG) / Kulturgeographisches Kolloquium (KG):
Urban oases: the social-ecological importance of urban green spaces.

Prof. Dr. Monika Egerer (Professorship for Urban Productive Ecosystems, TUM School of Life Sciences, TU of Munich)

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Blake Walker

Global challenges around climate change, biodiversity loss, and public health are heightening the importance of urban green spaces for supporting ecosystem services and human wellbeing. Trees, parks, and forests integrated across cityscapes are proposed strategies to combat climate change and promote human health for current and future cities. Depending on their structure and size, green spaces can provide structural vegetation complexity, promote species diversity, regulate temperatures, and offer human thermal comfort. Green spaces also provide recreation opportunity, nature experience, sense of belonging, and restoration to people. As cities densify, it is crucial to understand where these dimensions intersect in theory and practice to design and manage urban green spaces. Our research focuses on urban parks of various sizes and structures with the aim to determine what specific environmental features and social mechanisms need to be in place to harness the potential of urban green spaces to create and enhance these habitats for people and nature. In this talk, I’ll discuss ecological and social drivers behind how these ecosystems can provide urban cooling and thermal comfort, habitat for plant and animal species, and provide a place for people to relax and unwind, reconnecting with nature in the city.


Wann: Mittwoch, 08.05.2024 von 12:30 bis 14:00 Uhr
Wo: Präsenz, Seminarraum Tennenlohe, Wetterkreuz 15, 91058 Erlangen.


Vortragsübersicht für das Institutskolloquium im Sommersemester 2024.

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Organisation: Maximilian Brönner (KG) ( & Dr. Sebastian Feick (PG) (