The Nature of Urban Soils and Their Role in Ecological Restoration in Cities

Pavao-Zuckerman, M.A.

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This article highlights the varied impacts of cities on soils and their implications for restoration planning and expectations of restoration ‘‘success.’’ Urban soils exist in different historical and formational trajectories than their local nonurbanized counterparts due to direct anthropogenic disturbance and indirect environmental impacts from urbanization. Therefore, urban soils often exhibit altered physical, chemical, and biological characteristics in comparison to local nonurbanized soils. Soils in urban restorations are a medium that can be deliberately manipulated to improve site conditions or in the monitoring of soil conditions as indices of ecosystem status. Including an explicit role for strong manipulations of soils in urban ecosystems changes how we approach baselines, management, and reference conditions in urban ecological restoration. With an understanding of urban soil ecological knowledge, we can guide aspects of urban ecological restoration toward successful outcomes.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Restoration Ecology