COLLOQUIUM – The socio-economic dimension in resilience studies in Latin America

The first week of December 2016 I was kindly invited by prof. Dr. Matthias Kiese, from the Institute of Geography at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, to give a lecture on urban resilience. I was for long having the wish to talk about Patagonia again, so this was the perfect occasion. Based on the example of the socio-ecological system of Punta Arenas, the southernmost continental Latin American city, in the presentation I have illustrated how the socio-economic dimension plays a fundamental role in the long-term resilience.

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Changing the paradigm?

I am a great fan of Thomas S. Khun. I genuinely believe that to advancing science, paradigmatic changes are fundamental. We certainly need to revolutionise our conceptual foundations to deepen our understanding of a complex reality in a challenging world. This is a key to face the current ecological crisis. I am a great fan of Leopold as well. I profess that living organisms have the right to live, to exist, regardless their capacity or potential to benefit humans. They have the ethical right to exist. To my understanding, we humans do not have any tuition/safekeeping on living things or …

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Research visit to Romania

Last week of March 2018 I was kindly invited by prof. Cristian Ioja to visit the Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies (CCMESI) at the University of Bucarest.  I gave a lecture on remote sensing for applied urban ecology to Master students of environmental studies. Besides strengthening our scientific collaboration concerning grant applications and manuscripts development, I spent wonderful time travelling across the Carpathian mountains in Transilvania, visiting lovely towns like Turda, Sighisoara and Sibiu.  Thank you very much Cristian and Alina for such nice research visit.

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New publication in Urban Ecosystems!

With my good-old friend Dr. Marcin Spyra, we have been developing research in central European cross-border landscapes, particularly in Upper Silesia between Poland and Chequia, for a couple of years. We believe that this region is an interesting case for applied comparative studies focusing on spatial and landscape development. In this recently published article entitled “Ecosystem services deficits in cross-boundary landscapes: spatial mismatches between green and grey systems” we applied the technomass indicator and the NDVI to assess deficit in ecosystem services demand and supply.

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The circularity of the urban ecosystem material productivity. New publication!

I am really happy to share this brand new piece dealing with one of my favourite topics. The material productivity of ecosystems, as an entangled metabolism across space and time, which was published as open access in Sustainable Cities and Society (Elsevier). “The circularity of the urban ecosystem material productivity: the transformation of biomass into technomass in Southern Patagonia”

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WMCAUS 2017 Prague – Conference Proceedings is available online!

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Between 12-18 June 2017 we held a session on Urban Heat Island at the WMCAUS2017 conference. The conference proceedings are now available online here. Here is the title and the link to our proceedings: Urban Heat Island Effect on the Energy Consumption of Institutional Buildings in Rome Key Parameters for Urban Heat Island Assessment in A Mediterranean Context: A Sensitivity Analysis Using the Urban Weather Generator Model Natural Ventilation: A Mitigation Strategy to Reduce Overheating In Buildings under Urban Heat Island Effect in South American Cities Enjoy!

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FOUR NEW PUBLICATIONS IN CASES!

As a result of the RegioResources conference held in Lugo, Spain in October 2017 we have four exciting articles recently published in CASES. These articles belong to a Special Issue managed by Dr. Emilio Diaz, professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Thank you very much, Emilio, for this beautiful work! Mapping landscape units in Galicia (Spain): A first step for assessment and management? Eduardo Corbelle-Rico / José María Tubío Sánchez Sustainable landscape management based on cultural ecosystem services Igone Palacios-Agundez / Lorena Peña / Ibone Ametzaga-Arregi / Gloria Rodríguez-Loinaz / Miren Onaindia Lake Garda lemon houses (Italy): …

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Society for Urban Ecology 2nd world international congress 2016, Shanghai, China

Since 2013 I belong to the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE).  I am regularly attending SURE’s international conferences and meetings. SURE has been a wonderful interdisciplinary platform for exchanging scientific work in a friendly and constructive environment. Urban ecology has become the core of my research and disciplinary home, and SURE a wonderful host. In SURE I found the core group of scientist and friends I am regularly collaborating with. In July 2016 took place the 2nd world international SURE congress in Shanghai, China. I was session convener of 2 symposiums: 1) From urban sprawl to compact green cities, organized …

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Massive interest in our Urban Ecosystem Services Sessions! – Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) 2017 Conference, Shenzhen

Between 11-15 December 2017, the 9th ESP world conference will take place in Shenzhen, China. We have prepared two exciting sessions, containing five sessions on topics related to urbanisation & ecosystem services (B10) and spatial planning (T14). Information about sessions can be found here. Our session B10 entitled Urban Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Urban Development, has received a massive interest. We will host a long session lasting one day and a half, containing in total 27 oral presentations and eight posters. Our session T14 Ecosystem Services assessments and trade-offs. Methods and indicators for spatial planning has been very atractive as well, …

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Integrating ecosystem services supply from future land-use scenarios in protected area management

The establishment of protected areas (PA) is a pivotal strategy to conserve the declining forests and biodiversity worldwide. Due to poor infrastructure and a limited capacity of PA managers, most of the PA’s in developing countries fail to achieve their management targets. In this paper entitled: Integrating ecosystem services supply from future land-use scenarios in protected area management, we explored the potential to integrate ecosystem services (ES) into land-use planning, to better manage PAs in tropical countries. Firstly, we mapped the relative capacity of different land-use/land cover (LULC) to supply ES in and around the Satchari National Park (SNP) located …

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