Dynamics of urbanization and Ecosystem Services provision in Latin America

Research about ecosystem services and urbanization is increasing in Latin America. From science & research point of view, it is still necessary to pave the way to put the framework of ecosystem services (ES) into practice, to translating the ES framework to applied disciplines such as urban planning, land planning, and management. This research project attempts to cope with this issue by making a spatial-temporal analysis of UHI trends, urban vegetation and built-up intensity in 5 intermediate cities in Chile. The analysis will be developed using advanced quantitative spatially explicit methods based on GIS and remote sensing techniques, using a set of radiometric indexes. Five intermediate cities will be analyzed, located in an area of Chile which concentrates most of the population and will experience the highest increase in temperature due to climate change. The web of the research project can be accessed here.

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