Green Roof Plant Assemblage and Dynamics

  • Stephanie CarlisleEmail author
  • Max Piana
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 223)


The benefits of green roofs derive from their existence as functional, living ecosystems. Despite an emerging understanding of green roofs as dynamic ecosystems, most green roof vegetative studies treat plant communities as static assemblages. As designed ecosystems, green roofs display complex growth dynamics stemming from a combination of initial site conditions (shading, thermal exposure, wind, moisture), roof design (vegetation, growing substrate, drainage), inter- and intra-species interactions, and disturbances (extreme climate conditions, weeding, disease, emergent species, fertilization). Ultimately, ecologically grounded research directed at increasing our fundamental understanding of green roof plant dynamics and plant assemblages has the potential to improve design and maintenance practices, supporting high-performance and resilient green roof systems.


Vegetation dynamics Vegetation assemblage Vegetation ecology Ruderal plants Plant biodiversity Floristic composition Long-term monitoring Vegetation census 


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  1. 1.KierantimberlakePhiladelphiaUSA

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