A spatial exploration of deprivation and green infrastructure ecosystem services within Glasgow city

Makanjuola Majekodunmi, Rohinton Emmanuel*, Tahseen Jafry

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Contemporary changes to climate pose increasing hydro-meteorological risks to cities. In Glasgow, key hydro-meteorological risks include alluvial and pluvial flooding and overheating. While the need to address these risks are clear, it is equally important to tackle these in a climate just manner. Having understood the benefits Green Infrastructure (GI) can provide in tackling the impact of climate change while ensuring environmental equity for Glasgow, we attempt to assess the equitability of GI distribution in Glasgow especially in relation to the potential for GI to reduce vulnerability and exposure of deprived communities to climate risk in terms of flooding and overheating. We map potential of ecosystem services within urban areas to provide cooling and increase resilience to surface flooding and highlight the geographical mismatch between social deprivation and the preponderance of these ecosystem services. We explore the implications for a ‘climate just transition’ using GI as a performance indicator.
Original languageEnglish
Article number126698
Number of pages11
JournalUrban Forestry and Urban Greening
Volume52
Early online date11 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 May 2020

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Keywords

  • green infrastructure
  • ecosystem
  • Glasgow
  • cities
  • climate

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