The health benefits of urban nature: how much do we need?

Shanahan, Danielle F., Fuller, Richard A., Bush, Robert, Lin, Brenda B. and Gaston, Kevin J. (2015) The health benefits of urban nature: how much do we need?. Bioscience, 65 5: 476-485. doi:10.1093/biosci/biv032

Author Shanahan, Danielle F.
Fuller, Richard A.
Bush, Robert
Lin, Brenda B.
Gaston, Kevin J.
Title The health benefits of urban nature: how much do we need?
Journal name Bioscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1525-3244
Publication date 2015-05-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/biosci/biv032
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 65
Issue 5
Start page 476
End page 485
Total pages 10
Place of publication Cary, NC United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Subject 1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Abstract Over 30 years of research has shown that urban nature is a promising tool for enhancing the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the world's growing urban population. However, little is known about the type and amount of nature people require in order to receive different health benefits, preventing the development of recommendations for minimum levels of exposure and targeted city planning guidelines for public health outcomes. Dose–response modelling, when a dose of nature is modeled against a health response, could provide a key method for addressing this knowledge gap. In this overview, we explore how “nature dose” and health response have been conceptualized and examine the evidence for different shapes of dose–response curves. We highlight the crucial need to move beyond simplistic measures of nature dose to understand how urban nature can be manipulated to enhance human health.
Keyword Dose–response
Well-being benefits
Green space
Ecosystem services
Ecosystem benefits
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID DP120102857
Institutional Status UQ

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