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Junior research group 'GreenEquityHEALTH' - Factsheet II: The Value of Urban Parks for Health and Wellbeing.

Nadja Kabisch; Roland Kraemer; Jan Hemmerling; Oskar Masztalerz; Marion Adam; Miriam Brenck; Catharina Püffel; Judith Rakowski; Peer von Döhren; Dagmar Wörister

The GreenEquityHEALTH-project explored ecosystem services provision during recent summer heat and drought periods in two distinct urban parks in Leipzig, Germany, using a interdisciplinary, multi-method approach.

In detail, the objectives were to

  • generate empirical evidence on the potential of urban parks to provide cooling under the heat and drought conditions in 2018 and 2019,
  • explore physical activity patterns related to divers park characteristics under the heat and drought conditions in 2018 and
  • analyse analyse physical and mental health effects related o park visits.
The research project 'Environmental-Health Interactions in Cities (GreenEquityHEALTH) – Challenges for Human Wellbeing under Global Changes' (2017–2022) is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF; no. 01LN1705A).
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  • Kabisch, N., & Kraemer, R. (2020). Physical activity patterns in two differently characterised urban parks under conditions of summer heat. Environmental Science & Policy, 107, 56–65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2020.02.008

  • Kabisch, N. (2019) Transformation of urban brownfields through co-creation: The multi-functional Lene- Voigt Park in Leipzig as a case in point. Journal of Urban Transformations. https://doi.org/10.1186/s42854-019-0002-6

  • Kabisch, N., Alonso, L., Dadvand, P., Van den Bosch, M. (2019) Urban natural environments and motor development in early life. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.108774

  • Kabisch, N., Haase, D., Haase, A. (2019) Reurbanisation: A long-term process or a short-term stage? https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2266

  • Kabisch, N., Selsam, P., Kirsten, T., Lausch, A., Bumberger, J. (2019) A multi-sensor and multi-temporal remote sensing approach to detect land cover change dynamics in heterogeneous urban landscapes. Ecological Indicators 99, 273-282 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.12.033

  • Kabisch, N., Haase, D. (2018) Urban nature benefits - Opportunities for improvement of health and wellbeing in times of global change. 29th WHO Newsletter on Housing and Health "Urban Environmental Health" accessible here: https://www.gesundheitsamt-bw.de/lga/DE/Fachinformationen/Infodienste_ Newsletter/WHOCC/Documents/No_29_2018-2_Urban_Environmental_Health.pdf

  • Kabisch, N., van den Bosch, M., Lafortezza, R. (2017) The health benefits of nature-based solutions to urbanization challenges for children and the elderly - A systematic review. Environmental Research, 159, 362-373. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.08.004

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