The GIPL at Dalhousie University views the landscape as a diverse ecological fabric which connects nature to people. The landscape is multifunctional, providing multiple services through its multiple systems. This interaction occurs at multiple scales over multiple landscape types. Green infrastructure supports human quality of life but these benefits depend on the needs, choices and values of people as well as the specific landscape context. It is only through the maintenance of this multi-functionality, by integrating landscape use in the ecological fabric that maintains ecosystem capacities and system interconnectivity, that sustainability can be achieved and we connect processes to people and places.
Green Infrastructure in this context is an adaptive strategy to address unknown future conditions. The GIPL focusses on place-related research to inform the human-environment relationship. Our research looks at the interactions between ecological, human and built systems in order to proactively design spaces and systems to improve social wellbeing, economic health, and community resilience.
Green Space Design and Human Behaviour + Emotion
HUMAN WELLBEING and ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY : Space to Place
Green Structures : Maintaining Ecosystem Performance in the Face of Urban Development and Landscape Change
PERI-URBAN FUTURES : Unlocking Rural-Urban Synergies
GIPL'S WORK ALIGNS WITH FOUR INTERRELATED THEMES:
URBAN FORESTS and URBAN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
Landscape Fragmentation and Human Development : Inter-Linking Ecosystem Services
Tackling Climate Change at Coastal Edges : Wetland Parks and Stormwater Sponges