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Hotspot Analysis and Strategic Siting of Green Infrastructure to Maximize Ecosystem Service Provision

Ecosystem services are the social and ecological benefits that are provided to humans by the natural environment. Where should cities strategically locate green infrastructure (GI) to address the needs of areas with specific ecosystem service provision deficits? Where should GI be located so that it addresses multiple ecosystem service provision deficits at once?
City-wide spatial modeling of ecosystem service needs using the GIS-based ‘Green Infrastructure Spatial Planning’ (GISP) tool can help identify hotspot areas ripe for investment based on different service provision goals, including the goal of providing multiple ecosystem services at once.

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This brief is adapted from the following peer-reviewed journal article: Meerow, S. & J.P. Newell. (2017). “Spatial planning for multifunctional green infrastructure: Growing resilience in Detroit.” Landscape and Urban Planning, 159 (2017) 62–75. Access the full article here.

Postdoctoral Position: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Food Systems

The University of Michigan announces one post-doctoral research opportunity, beginning August 2018 and focusing on urban GIS broadly-conceived. The successful applicant will work on Food Systems. This includes two projects:  1) The food-energy-water nexus of urban agriculture across multiple scales; and 2) urban meat production-consumption patterns and dynamics. Collaborating with a team of faculty, postdocs, and students, research will be conducted in cities in Europe (France, Germany, the U.K, and Poland) and the U.S. (New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit).  The postdoctoral researcher will be work in the Urban Sustainability Research Group, mentored by Joshua Newell (Associate Professor).  View More

Josh Newell Featured on Michigan Radio: Re-imagining Infrastructure

Josh Newell Comments on Re-imagining Infrastructure on Michigan Radio.

Cities across the United States and internationally are designing creative new uses for underutilized infrastructure, creating attractive green spaces for citizens to enjoy. However, these transformations also create risks of environmental gentrification through increasing nearby property values and displacing current residents. City officials and communities should always be on guard against environmental gentrification, and Newell encourages planners to involve the communities that will be affected through the process of making urban infrastructural changes.View More

Sara Meerow To Join Arizona State University School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Sara Meerow, doctoral candidate in the Urban Sustainability Research Group, has accepted a Tenure Track Assistant Professor position for the Fall of 2017 in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Congratulations and we think ASU is a great place for her to continue her work on Green Infrastructure, Urban Resilience, and Climate Adaptation.