Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.01.019
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dc.titleUrban ecological research in Singapore and its relevance to the advancement of urban ecology and sustainability
dc.contributor.authorTan, P.Y.
dc.contributor.authorAbdul Hamid, A.R.B.
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-02T09:25:14Z
dc.date.available2016-06-02T09:25:14Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationTan, P.Y., Abdul Hamid, A.R.B. (2014). Urban ecological research in Singapore and its relevance to the advancement of urban ecology and sustainability. Landscape and Urban Planning 125 : 271-289. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.01.019
dc.identifier.issn01692046
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124972
dc.description.abstractThe drastic changes in the natural environment of Singapore from the beginning of recorded settlements to the present day present numerous opportunities for understanding how urbanization has affected the ecology of the island city-state. On the one hand, the almost complete clearing of the original tropical lowland forests and the ensuing catastrophic extinction of the original biodiversity, suggest how cities ought to avoid the same developmental pathway. On the other hand, the relatively high percentage of vegetation cover that the city has achieved due to effective urban greening policies suggest that opportunities still exist to restore functions associated with a healthy urban ecosystem. This paper reviewed urban ecological research on Singapore conducted between 1991 and 2012, and summarized the key findings according to the state factors of an urban ecosystem. The review showed that the large majority of the studies were focused on biodiversity, and were on the ecology in a city. It revealed gaps in urban ecological knowledge of Singapore, especially in relation to how studies on the ecology of the city need to link urban ecological research to issues of urban sustainability. Three key strategies are suggested to advance knowledge in this area. These are, to focus on long-term ecological studies in Singapore as an example of a high-density equatorial urban ecosystem, to consciously treat the built component of the urban environment as a key component of urban ecological studies, and to leverage the strong interests in eco-city development as field experimental sites for urban ecological studies. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
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dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectLivability
dc.subjectResilience
dc.subjectSingapore
dc.subjectUrban ecology
dc.subjectUrban ecosystems
dc.subjectUrban sustainability
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentARCHITECTURE
dc.description.doi10.1016/j.landurbplan.2014.01.019
dc.description.sourcetitleLandscape and Urban Planning
dc.description.volume125
dc.description.page271-289
dc.description.codenLUPLE
dc.identifier.isiut000336465700027
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