Climate change in cities: impact of the urban heat island on microclimate, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in urban forests.

01 October 2019 → 01 November 2019
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Global ecology
    • Plant ecology
Biodiversity ecosystem functioning forest structure global warming litter decomposition macroclimate microclimate understorey urban forest urban heat island
Project description

Below forest canopies, the microclimate is buffered from extreme temperatures. This affects
ecosystem functioning and protects plants and animals from climate change. The urban heat island
effect heats the city compared to rural areas. How this urban warming affects microclimate,
biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of urban forests is unknown and will be investigated across
three complementary spatial climate gradients.