"Science for the Sustainable City" by Steward T. A. Pickett

Science for the Sustainable City Empirical Insights from the Baltimore School of Urban Ecology Steward T. A. Pickett, Mary L. Cadenasso, J. Morgan Grove, Elena G. Irwin, Emma J. Rosi, Christopher M. Swan

Publication date:
26 Nov 2019
Yale University Press
480 pages: 235 x 156mm
73 b-w illus.

A presentation of key findings and insights from over two decades of research, education, and community engagement in the acclaimed Baltimore Ecosystem Study

In a world of over seven billion people—who mostly reside in cities and their suburbs and exurbs—the Baltimore Ecosystem Study is recognized as a pioneering program for modern urban social-ecological science, critical to the emerging theory of urban ecology. After two decades of research, education, and community engagement in this complex system, there are insights to share, generalizations to examine, and gaps to highlight. This timely volume synthesizes the key empirical findings, melds the perspectives of different disciplines, and celebrates the accomplishments of interacting with diverse communities and institutions in improving the understanding of Baltimore’s ecology. These widely applicable insights from Baltimore contribute to our understanding the ecology of other cities, provide a comparison for the global process of urbanization, and inform establishment of urban ecological research elsewhere. Comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and highly original, it gives voice to the wide array of specialists who have contributed to this living urban laboratory.

Steward Pickett is distinguished senior scientist at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and director emeritus of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. Mary Cadenasso is professor of landscape and urban ecology at the University of California, Davis. J. Morgan Groveis social scientist with the USDA Forest Service. Elena Irwin is professor of environmental economics at Ohio State University. Emma Rosi is senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and is the director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. Christopher M. Swan is professor of ecology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.