The overall aim of the research programme "Exploring the structure and functioning of urban greenspaces" is to produce high-level, ecological theory-based scientific knowledge on the influence of urban greenspaces on ecosystem services in urbanized settings. Furthermore, we explore the relevance of artificial greenspaces, such as green roofs and bioinfiltration ponds, in ES provision in heavily-built urban areas. We also aim at providing data that are readily usable for end users, such as city planners and authorities. We recognize urban greenspaces as multifunctional “urban oases” with a high potential to provide many of the same ES that more natural systems do.

Our ongoing and past research themes include: