Defining urban green infrastructure role in analysis of climate resiliency in cities based on landscape ecology theories

Abstract

Cities are exposed to the risk of climate change and as a result, are very vulnerable. In recent years, to face the challenges caused by the climate change, the notion of climate resilience and specifically, urban ecological resilience, has been studied. Climate resilience is in focus of this paper and a subcategory of urban ecological resilience, which is defined as the urban resilience to the climate change.

Also, urban green infrastructure has an established role as one of the strategies for adapting to climate change and for developing and promoting climate resilience in cities. Given the theoretical gap existing in this field, this question arises: "How and based on which features of the green infrastructure can we assess and analyze the climate resilience in a city?” To answer this question, the landscape ecology principles and relationship between these principles and the green infrastructure in the cities were used. The relationship was developed in the Yousef Abad neighborhood of Tehran and was qualitatively tested using the aerial images, field surveys and preparation of basic and analytical GIS maps. Finally, the "effective factors in assessing the climate resilience in cities using the urban green infrastructures based on landscape ecology" were obtained.

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Author Biographies

Elmira Shirgir, Iran University of Science and Technology

Since joining the Iran University of Science and Technology, school of architecture and Environmental design's PhD program in 2016, she has been involved with studies related to urban green infrastructures and their effects on mitigating climate change effects in cities.Environmental issues, climate change and its effects on cities has been a major concern for her many years.

Before joining this program at IUST, she has had many years of experience working as a senior Landscape Architect and environmental expert, at companies in Tehran, Iran and Sydney, Australia.She recieved a master's degree in Environmental design engineering from the university of Tehran in Iran in the year 2005.She  also got a bachelors degree in Environmental engineering from university of Tehran in 2002.

Reza Kheyroddin, Iran University of Science and Technology

He is an Associate Professor in Urban Planning department,  Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning Iran University of Science and Technology. His research is mainly based on Quantitative and Spatial Analysis of Urban & Regional Transformation, Mega-Cities and Metropolization, Petroleum Cities. He got his PhD degree from University of Paris X-Nanterre, Paris- France in Urban Planning in 2009. He has many published papers and books on different areas of study.

Mostafa Behzadfar, Iran University of Science and Technology

He is a Full  Professor in Urban Planning Department,  Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning Iran University of Science and Technology. He got his PhD in urban design (Architecture), from Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, Australia, in 1997. His research mainly focuses on: Theory and Techniques of Urban Design, truth oriented place making/urbanism, urban design education. He has many published papers and books on different areas of study.

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Published
2019-12-19
How to Cite
Shirgir, E., Kheyroddin, R., & Behzadfar, M. (2019). Defining urban green infrastructure role in analysis of climate resiliency in cities based on landscape ecology theories. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 12(3), 227-247. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/6250