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Editors: Laura M. De Smet
Book Description:
Urbanization refers to a process in which an increasing proportion of an entire population lives in cities and the suburbs of cities. Historically, it has been closely connected with industrialization. When more and more inanimate sources of energy were used to enhance human productivity (industrialization), surpluses increased in both agriculture and industry. Larger and larger proportions of a population could live in cities. Economic forces were such that cities became the ideal places to locate factories and their workers. As the 21st century heats up the rate, pace and complications posed by urbanization continue unabated. This new book presents the latest research in the field.

Table of Contents:
Preface

Expert Commentary

An Analysis and System Construction on the Land Use of City Wetland Park;pp. 3-13
(A-pei Zhao, Dong-qian Xue, College of Tourism and Environment, Shaanxi Normal Univ., Xi'an, China)

Short Communications

Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics on the Prediction of Urban Thermal Environment and Urban Safety;pp. 17-34
(Hong Huang, Ryozo Ooka, Shinsuke Kato, Institute of Industrial Science, The Univ. of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan)

Urbanization: 21st Century Issues and Challenges in the North West Province, South Africa;pp. 35-44
(JM van Rooyen, School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, North-West Univ., Potchefstroom Campus, Potchefstroom, South Africa)

Research and Review Studies

Urbanization and the Increasing Risk from Mosquito-borne Diseases: Linking Human Well-Being with Ecosystem Health;pp. 47-82
(Paul T. Leisnham, Behavior, Ecology, Evolution,and Systematics Section, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Illinois State Univ., Normal, IL, David P. Slaney, Institute of Environmental Science & Research Ltd, Porirua, New Zealand)

Urbanization, Economic Development and Income Inequality: A Demographic Perspective;pp. 83-104
(Yasuhiro Sato, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya Univ., Nagoya, Japan, Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University, Japan)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Urbanization in the Health District of Ferrara, Italy, in 1964-1998;pp. 105-122
(Vittorio Govoni, Enrico Granieri,Ilaria Casetta, Neurologic Clinic of the Univ. of Ferrara, Elisa Fallica, Neurology Unit of the Univ. Hospital of Ferrara, Italy)

China's Urbanization: New Trends and Challenges of Conceptualization;pp. 123-142
(Li Zhang, Dept. of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, New Territory, Hong Kong)

Biodiversity and Ecology of Hydrobionts in the Natural and Anthropogenic Landscapes;pp. 143-159
(I.M. Khokhutkin, L.A. Kovalchuk, L.V. Chernaya, Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Ural Division of Russian Academy of Sciences)

Sustainable Rates of Groundwater Extraction in an Urbanized Plain, Central Japan;pp. 161-176
(Adrian, H. Gallardo, Atsunao Marui, AIST, Geological Survey of Japan, Japan, Shinji Takeda,Fumio Okuda, Hytec Co. Yodogawa-ku, Miyahara, Osaka, Japan)

Spatial Effects of the Interaction between Environment and Urban Area and Approaches to Coordination in Xi'an;pp. 177-190
(Dongqian Xue, College of Tourism and Environment, Shaanxi Normal Univ., Xi'an, China)

Measuring Urbanization in Low Income Countries for Public Health Interventions;pp. 191-207
(Andrew J. Tatem, Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology Group, Dept. of Zoology, Univ. of Oxford, Oxford, UK, Malaria Public Health & Epidemiology Group, Centre for Geographic Medicine, KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Laboratories, Nairobi, Kenya)

Index

   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2008 - 3rd Quarter
   Pages: 7 x 10, 224 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60456-109-8
   Status: AV
  
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