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Urban Soils

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Pouyat, Richard V; Day, Susan D.; Brown, Sally ; Schwarz, Kirsten ; Shaw, Richard E.; Szlavecz, Katalin ; Trammell, Tara L. E.; Yesilonis, Ian D.

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2020

Publication

In: Pouyat, Richard V.; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Patel-Weynand, Toral; Geiser, Linda H., editors. 2020. Forest and rangeland soils of the United States under changing conditions: A comprehensive science synthesis. Springer, Cham.

Abstract

The global population is expected to exceed 11 billion before the end of the twenty-first century (United Nations 2015). Populations within urban areas are also increasing, with the number of mega-sized (ten million people or more) cities expected to increase from 10 in 1990 to 41 in 2030 (United Nations 2015). In the United States, the human population is not growing as fast as the rest of the world, but the expansion of urban areas has proportionally kept pace, or exceeded, global estimates, with land devoted to urban uses growing by more than 34% between 1980 and 2000 alone (USDA NRCS 2001). Additionally, by 2010 almost 250 million people lived in urban areas, which roughly accounts for 81% of the total population of the United States (U.S. Census 2010).

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Pouyat, Richard V.; Day, Susan D.; Brown, Sally; Schwarz, Kirsten; Shaw, Richard E.; Szlavecz, Katalin; Trammell, Tara L. E.; Yesilonis, Ian D. 2020. Urban Soils. In: Pouyat, Richard V.; Page-Dumroese, Deborah S.; Patel-Weynand, Toral; Geiser, Linda H., editors. 2020. Forest and rangeland soils of the United States under changing conditions: A comprehensive science synthesis. Springer, Cham. 127-144. Chapter 7. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-45216-2_7.

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