Ina Säumel

Ina Säumel
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | HU Berlin · IRITHESys

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With the stay at home orders during the pandemic, the often semi-public green spaces of the residential environment, usually created during the building of the houses, became our literal spheres of experience. We explored use and perceptions of local greenery by residents after sixteen months of the COVID-19 crisis, using face to face questionnaire...
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Water security is one of the main challenges facing urban areas in arid or semi-arid zones. Egyptian cities need to deal with both insufficient quantity and quality of water for residents. Here we provide proposed actions and policies to allow transition towards water sensitive urban design in order to respond to water challenges in Egypt. Based on...
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Within the broader framework of the EU-H2020 EdiCitNet project—a large-scale collaborative project with a multi-stakeholder approach—there is the opportunity to observe participatory planning approaches to mainstream nature-based, edible solutions to solve specific social urban problems in an international group of six cities—Berlin (Germany), Cart...
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The presented datasets relate to the research article entitled “Native forest meta-community structures in Uruguay shaped by novel land use types in their surroundings” [Ramírez and Säumel; Ecology and Evolution, 2022]. The datasets include field survey data on woody species presence and absence from 384 plots at 32 permanent monitoring sites of na...
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We explore the effect of land‐use change from extensively used grasslands to intensified silvi‐ and agricultural monocultures on metacommunity structure of native forests in Uruguay. We integrated methods from metacommunity studies, remote sensing, and landscape ecology to explore how woody species distribution was influenced by land‐use change fro...
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Park forests are shaped by extensive cattle ranching in the transition between natural riverine forests and open grasslands. The underlying mechanisms driving tree regeneration have not been studied, however, they determine biodiversity, sustainability and multifunctionality of these ecosystems. We explored patterns of tree regeneration by analyzin...
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Environmental management often lacks a harmonization across scales and beyond boundaries of the land with changed use. As an example, extensive areas of Uruguayan grassland have been transformed into crop and timber plantations in the past decades, but little is known about the possible impacts of these changes on neighboring native forests. We exp...
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The presented datasets relate to the research article entitled “Beyond the boundaries: Do spatio-temporal trajectories of land-use change and cross boundary effects shape the diversity of woody species in Uruguayan native forests?” [Ramírez and Säumel https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2021.107646]. The datasets include field survey data on woody speci...
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This chapter aims to further the conceptual clarity of co-creation, by classifying and exploring the spectrum of non-government actor–led governance arrangements for the co-creation of nature-based solutions (NBS) across different European contexts. Case studies from pilot demonstrators in current Horizon 2020 projects (proGIreg, CLEVER Cities, and...
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Though the often semi-public green spaces of the residential environment, usually created during the building of the houses, are of a pivotal importance for less-mobile people, after-work recreation and healthy development of children, there has been relatively little research on them. Using face-to-face questionnaires, we explored residents’ use a...
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Urban water managers face numerous challenges, including limited natural resources for maintenance of technical infrastructure, changing demography, and dramatic environmental degradation. Although the vision of the "water-sensitive city" helps to develop tools and strategies toward more sustainable urban water systems, it does not consider biodive...
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Although window views of residential greenery are the main daily nature contact for Berlin residents, studies that examine this experience are rare but crucial to improving environmental justice and the health outcomes of green planning and policy. We analyzed 504 photos of the window views of residential greenery taken at 32 study sites for the fo...
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Featured Application: Agricultural wastes generated in farmers' cooperatives constitute valuable resources for the bioeconomy and can be recycled into biochar to contribute to the implementation of economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural production in the forests of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Abstract: Improving the livelihoods of com...
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The concept of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) has emerged to foster sustainable development by transversally addressing social, economic, and environmental urban challenges. However, there is still a considerable lack of agreement on the conceptualization of NBS, especially concerning typologies, nomenclature, and performance assessments in terms of...
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Though the often semi-public green spaces of the residential environment, usually created during the building of the houses, are of a pivotal importance for less-mobile people, after-work recreation and healthy development of children, there has been relatively little research on them. Using face-to-face questionnaires, we explored residents’ use a...
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Background Worldwide mountain regions are recognized as hotspots of ethnopharmacologically relevant species diversity. In South Tyrol (Southern Alps, Italy), and due to the region’s high plant diversity and isolated population, a unique traditional botanical knowledge of medicinal plants has flourished, which traces its history back to prehistoric...
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Background: Worldwide mountain regions are recognized as hotspots of ethnopharmacologically relevant species diversity. The high plant diversity and isolated population of South Tyrol (Southern Alps, Italy) have prospered a unique traditional botanical knowledge of medicinal plants, which dates back to prehistoric times. However, changes in rural l...
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Background: Worldwide mountain regions are recognized as hotspots of ethnopharmacologically relevant species diversity. In South Tyrol (Southern Alps, Italy), and due to the region’s high plant diversity and isolated population, a unique traditional botanical knowledge of medicinal plants has flourished, which traces its history back to prehistoric...
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Background: Worldwide mountain regions are recognized as hotspots of ethnopharmacologically relevant species diversity. In South Tyrol (Southern Alps, Italy), and due to the region’s high plant diversity and isolated population, a unique traditional botanical knowledge of medicinal plants has flourished, which traces its history back to prehistoric...
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Inclusively accessible green areas are essential for livable cities. The residential greenery on a door's step of urban dwellers has rarely been the subject of research. Here we provide insights into the state of the art of residential greenery in Berlin, Germany. We focus on socially disadvantaged neighborhoods exposed to high loads of environment...
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Nature-based solutions have not been able to actively involve citizens and to address successfully food security, poverty alleviation, and inequality in urban areas. The Edible City approach promises a strategic step towards the development of sustainable, livable, and healthy cities. We introduce the conceptional framework of Edible City Solutions...
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Urban planning is facing multi-layered challenges to manage the transformation towards a more sustainable and inclusive society. The recently evolved concept of an “urban commons” responds to the crucial need to re-situate residents as key actors. Urban food commons summarize all initiatives that are food-related (e.g., cultivation, harvest, and di...
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Throughout the excavations at the oasis of Tayma, incense burners were discovered showing both traces of burning and residues of burnt aromatics. The multidisciplinary study of these objects aimed at reconstructing the scented world and olfactory landscape of the ancient oasis. By means of LC-ESI-MS/ MS techniques, the characteristic profile of sec...
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Science comes back to school. Implementing a network of monitoring sites and a multi-use evaluation framework of land-use change related to ecological impacts by adopting principles of Citizen Science to rural schools in Uruguay. This Student Science approach offer a country wide case study for developing 21st Century Skills and new concepts to mov...
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The ongoing debate on the boon or bane of monocultural timber plantations demonstrates the need to develop alternative approaches that achieve forest productivity while conserving biodiversity. We assessed the diversity of tree species in native forests and in Eucalyptus plantations, and evaluated the potential use of native species to enhance plan...
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Zentrale Strategien nachhaltiger Stadtplanung sind Nachverdichtung und Konzentra- tion vielfältiger Funktionen innerhalb eines dichten urbanen Zusammenhangs, aber auch die quantitative und qualitative Entwicklung urbaner Grün- und Blaustrukturen und deren Ausgleichs- und Entlastungsfunktionen zur Förderung der Gesundheit der Stadtbewohner. Kleintei...
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Most steps of archaeological work depend on the sense of sight. Yet, smell and other senses seem to play pivotal roles in ancient peoples lives too, according to historical texts describing for instance the high number of aromatics being transported in Antiquity. It remains, however, difficult to explore phenomena which usually do not leave behind...
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Impacts of extreme weather events are increasing due to ongoing climate change. Floods in the urban areas not just damage properties but also threat human life. Coping with these challenges in metropolises of old Europe is difficult as the ex-istent building structures and combined rainwater and sewage systems originating from the 19th century. We...
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KERNAUSSAGEN Noch immer sind 90 % der Stadtbewohner Europas Luftschadstoffen ausgesetzt, die über den WHO-Richtwerten liegen und deren gesundheitliche Folgen beträchtliche Kosten verursachen. Städtische Vegetation kann durch das Binden von Schadstoffen aus der Umgebungsluft direkt zur Verbesserung der Luft-qualität beitragen. Die lufthygienischen F...
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27 techniques de gestion des eaux pluviales, actuellement en vigueur, ont été étudiées à différentes échelles: à l'échelle des immeubles (bâtiments végétalisés, utilisation d'eau de pluie), à l'échelle du quartier (infiltration, dépavage, lacs artificiels et cours d'eau, traitement décentralisé) et enfin à l'échelle du bassin versant (traitement ce...
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Kurzfassung Der Regenwasserabfluss von versiegelten Flächen kann zu erheblichen Beeinträchtigungen von Flüssen und Seen führen. Durch das schnelle Ableiten des Regenwassers bleibt das positive Potenzial für die Stadtbevölkerung und die Umwelt zudem oft ungenutzt. Für eine nachhaltige Regenwasserbewirtschaftung stehen eine Vielzahl von Maßnahmen auf...
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Integrated planning of stormwater management requires a quantitative description of positive and negative effects of possible measures. We suggest quantifying these effects with generic performance indicators within eight categories: building physics and services, landscape quality, urban climate, biodiversity, groundwater, surface water, direct co...
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Today's urban gardening focuses mainly on vegetable production and rarely includes fruit trees. Health effects of consuming urban crops are questioned due to high local pollution loads. Here, we determined cadmium and lead content in the edible parts of nuts, berries, pome, and stone fruits harvested from fruit trees and shrubs within inner city ne...
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Plant migration is a multi-stage process often driven by multiple dispersal vector systems. Water-mediated dispersal (hydrochory) is known to move propagules of nonaquatic species over long distances, but whether propagule morphology affects floating processes is an open question. We used a multi-species approach to assess the role of propagule mor...
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Food production by urban dwellers is of growing importance in developing and developed countries. Urban horticulture is associated with health risks as crops in urban settings are generally exposed to higher levels of pollutants than those in rural areas. We determined the concentration of trace metals in the biomass of different horticultural crop...
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More than half of the global human population is living in urban areas, and the trend towards further urbanization is strongly increasing (MEA 2005; United Nations 2008). Hence, the majority of people globally will experience “nature” and related ecosystem services primarily within the urban fabric (Gilbert 1989; McKinney 2002; Miller and Hobbs 200...
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The endangered river plain woodlands of semi-arid Central Asia provide numerous ecosystem services. Previous studies have focused mainly on changes in water supply and salinity as the underlying mechanisms of Populus euphratica woodland’s decline. We tested whether vegetative regeneration of P. euphratica serves as an alternative pathway to propaga...
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Communal urban parks originating from the 19th and early 20th centuries are key elements of the European heritage and provide numerous ecosystem services. Here, we examine five public parks in Berlin, Germany, to evaluate whether their historical plantings have left ecological footprints. In a brief presentation, we explore why and when these parks...
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Historical communal parks are local hotspots of biodiversity within the urban area and crucial elements for liveable cities in our future warmer world, provide a wide range of ecological services and are a part of our common European cultural heritage. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we analysed the effects of horticultural history of urban pa...
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Urbanization may have a large affect on biodiversity patterns by enhancing biological invasions. Urban habitats harbour high numbers of introduced plant species and may function as starting points for invasions along urban–rural gradients. As information on underlying mechanisms is critical for managing biological invasions, we test the role of riv...
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Long-distance dispersal is a key process in biological invasions. Previous research has emphasized the role of nonstandard dispersal vectors, but consequences of a change in dispersal vector for the establishment of invasive plant species have received less attention. We analyzed how water-mediated dispersal rather than the more expected wind-media...
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Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven), Simaroubaceac, is an early successional tree, native to China and North Vietnam, which has become invasive in Europe and on all other continents except Antarctica. It is most abundant in urban habitats and along transportation corridors, but can also invade natural habitats. This paper reviews the literature on...
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Morphological analysis of clonal populations from urban edge habitats in Berlin, Germany, reveal the capacity of Ailanthus altissima to develop much larger leaves as known thus far. The lengths of the largest leaves from each of 13 stems ranged from 61 to 167 cm, with widths from 24 to 47 cm. The leaf area of the largest leaf was 30.6 dm2. The numb...
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The history of urban development is also the history of emerging novel ecosystem types (Sukopp 2003). The significant impacts of urban structures and processes on climate, hydrology and soils finally lead to new biodiversity patterns. In the last decades, large cities have been recognized as hotspots of phyto-diversity: they are often richer in (no...

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