Where have all the parks gone? Changes in Dublin's green space between 1990 and 2006

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Title: Where have all the parks gone? Changes in Dublin's green space between 1990 and 2006
Authors: Brennan, Michael
McInerney, Daniel
Hochstrasser, Tamara
Hayden, Tom
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6393
Date: 2009
Abstract: Between 1990 and 2006, the Dublin Region was amongst the most rapidly growing urban areas in Europe. The increase in population and industry presents particular challenges for spatial planning. The aim of the Urban Environment Project (UEP, www.uep.ie) is to provide spatial data and forecasts of future land-use patterns by using dynamic urban modelling which will underpin the development of decision-support tools for planners and policy-makers. For this study, we are using UEP landcover datasets to specifically address the question of what changes in urban green space (GS) occurred over a period of rapid growth (1990 – 2006). GS provides many functions within a city, ranging from the biotic (habitat provision, corridors of dispersal, reservoir populations) to the abiotic (storm water control, carbon sequestration, temperature regulation, increased property values). Over the study period (1990 – 2006) artificial urban surfaces have increased by 30% (by 8926 ha). Although the overall percentage of GS to built fabric stayed roughly constant over time (at about 23%), the losses and gains of GS were not evenly distributed throughout the city. GS was mainly lost near the city centre, where it converted to built areas. The GS gained was at the perimeter of the city to the detriment of agricultural land and semi-natural vegetation types. The result is a net loss of vegetated surfaces both within and outside the city. We discuss the possible implications of these changes in Dublin’s GS.
Funding Details: Environmental Protection Agency
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Urban Institute Ireland
Copyright (published version): 2009 the Authors
Keywords: Green space;Landuse change;Biodiversity;Development;Dublin
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Urban Institute Ireland Working Papers
Geography Research Collection

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