Soil Quality

  • Miglena ZhiyanskiEmail author
  • Maria Sokolovska
  • Maria Glushkova
  • Urša Vilhar
  • Lyudmila Lozanova
Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 7)


Urbanization is the main driver of rapid land-use change around the world, with important consequences for soil quantity and quality. Urban soils , in addition to their slow formation due to long-term natural processes, are decisively modified by urbanization. High levels of soil disturbance and new substrates added to the soil due to human activities change the morphology of the soil profile and the overall soil processes and functions. This is important because soils play an essential role in sustaining the provisioning of ecosystem services (ES) . However, the protection of urban soils is still poorly considered in the planning and development of urban areas – and there is a lack of knowledge regarding the potential of different types of vegetation cover and plant species to moderate the degradation of, or even improve, urban soils .

In terms of environmental ES, the direct role of soils in urban ecosystems is mainly expressed through the provision of regulation and...


Green Space Urban Forest Green Roof Soil Crust Urban Ecosystem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miglena Zhiyanski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Sokolovska
    • 1
  • Maria Glushkova
    • 1
  • Urša Vilhar
    • 2
  • Lyudmila Lozanova
    • 3
  1. 1.Forest Research InstituteBulgarian Academy of Sciences (FRI-BAS)SofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Department of Forest EcologySlovenian Forestry Institute (SFI)LjubljanaSlovenia
  3. 3.Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem ResearchBulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBERBAS)SofiaBulgaria

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