Regional assessment of North America: Urbanization trends, biodiversity patterns, and ecosystem services

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Abstract

North America contains some of the most urbanized landscapes in the world. In the United States (U.S.) and Canada, approximately 80 % of the population is urban, with Mexico slightly less (Kaiser Family Foundation 2013). Population growth combined with economic growth has fueled recent urban land expansion in North America. Between 1970 and 2000, urban land area expanded at a rate of 3.31 % (Seto et al. 2011) creating unique challenges for conserving biodiversity and maintaining regional and local ecosystem services.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Regional assessment of North America: Urbanization trends, biodiversity patterns, and ecosystem services
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-7088-1_14
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Urbanization, biodiversity and ecosystem services: Challenges and opportunities
First page 279
Last page 286