About this Research Topic
More than 50% of the world's population live in urban environments and this is predicted to increase to 68% by 2050. While urbanization brings convenience and economic prosperity, at the same time, it poses challenges to people's quality of life especially the impact that urbanization has on pollution and wider environmental stresses. Given humans' inherent inclination and affiliation to nature, urban greenness can help to improve the physical and psychological environments for better health and well-being in urban environments.
This Research Topic addresses urban greenism which refers to using various green elements such as vegetation, green space and green built environments to enhance urban livability and sustainability. The central questions underpinning this Research Topic include what is the role of urban greenism in improving people’s health and well-being in cities? How can we measure urban greenness? How can we capture people's practical knowledge of urban management, planning and design? To meet this end, the Research Topic will collect and showcase research efforts that provide empirical and/or theoretical evidence to link urban greenness and residents’ well-being.
In particular, we welcome contributors to address the following themes:
• The effect of greeneries on mental and physical health
• Spatial accessibility to urban green space
• Measuring urban greenery using new data sources
• The effect of urban greenery on physical activity
• Novel methods for assessing urban greenery exposure
• Environmental benefits (urban heat, air pollution and noise mitigation) of urban greenery
Keywords: greenery, urban environment, health and wellbeing, liveability, methodology
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