Finlands Akademi  
Sökande / Kontakt person Setälä, Heikki
Organisation Helsingfors universitet
Projektets titel Ecosystem services in urban greenspaces across biomes: the influence of plant functional types and soil biota on soil-derived ecosystem processes (PARKTRAITS)
Beslutnr 315987
Beslutsdatum 29.05.2018
Finansierings period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022
Finansiering 469 115
Beskrivning av projektet
The increasing demand for land due to urbanisation often takes place at the expense of urban green areas, such as parks. These threatened greenspaces, especially their soils, can provide many of the same important functions or ecosystem services (ES), such as cleaning of water and purification of contaminants, as more natural systems. The loss of urban green spaces can thus result in the weakening or complete loss of life-supporting ES. The main objective of this project is to explore whether different plant types (evergreen trees, broadleaf trees or lawn grass) have a divergent influence ES provision in urban parks, and whether the ES potential depends on (i) park age (young vs. old) and (ii) geographic location (boreal, temperate and tropical biome). In particular, we aim at exploring the interactions between soil organisms and plant types in ES provision. For more, see