Using an Urban Ecological Novelty Assessment Tool to Better Inform Design and Planning: An Application to Barrie Ontario

dc.contributor.advisorCorry, Robert
dc.contributor.authorLeach, Jacob of Environmental Design and Rural Developmenten_US of Guelphen of Landscape Architectureen_US Architectureen_US
dc.description.abstractHuman development has placed significant pressures on the environment, causing habitat degradation and loss. Professions, such as landscape architecture, which have a direct hand in how cities are managed and designed are responsible for protecting the environment to the best of their abilities. To do this, landscape architects require methods for reviewing and understanding the ecological makeup of the urban areas they are designing within. This study reviews the current ecological assessment methods present in the literature and identifies a suitable method for widespread use by landscape architects, Urban Ecological Novelty Assessment Tool. Through the combination of Human and Biotic Novelty indices (each created from a combination of citizen science and GIS data) this tool provides an overview of Ecological Novelty across different sites within the City of Barrie. The results provide a method for identifying key areas with ecological significance that can be proactively studied and protected.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen
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dc.subjectEcological Noveltyen_US
dc.subjectUrban Planningen_US
dc.subjectUrban Ecological Noveltyen_US
dc.subjectLandscape Planningen_US
dc.subjectLandscape Architectureen_US
dc.subjectHuman Novelty Indexen_US
dc.subjectBiotic Novelty Indexen_US
dc.subjectEcological Novelty Indexen_US
dc.subjectStandardize Ecological Review Methodsen_US
dc.titleUsing an Urban Ecological Novelty Assessment Tool to Better Inform Design and Planning: An Application to Barrie Ontarioen_US
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