A parcel-scale assessment tool to measure sustainability through urban ecosystem components : the MUSIX model

Dizdaroglu, Didem & Yigitcanlar, Tan (2014) A parcel-scale assessment tool to measure sustainability through urban ecosystem components : the MUSIX model. Ecological Indicators, 41, pp. 115-130.

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Abstract

In recent years a number of urban sustainability assessment frameworks are developed to better inform policy formulation and decision-making processes. This paper introduces one of these attempts in developing a comprehensive assessment tool—i.e., Micro-level Urban-ecosystem Sustainability IndeX (MUSIX). Being an indicator-based indexing model, MUSIX investigates the environmental impacts of land-uses on urban sustainability by measuring urban ecosystem components in local scale. The paper presents the methodology of MUSIX and demonstrates the performance of the model in a pilot test-bed—i.e., in Gold Coast, Australia. The model provides useful insights on the sustainability performance of the test-bed area. The parcel-scale findings of the indicators are used to identify local problems considering six main issues of urban development—i.e., hydrology; ecology; pollution; location; design, and; efficiency. The composite index score is used to propose betterment strategies to guide the development of local area plans in conjunction with the City's Planning Scheme. In overall, this study has shown that parcel-scale environmental data provides an overview of the local sustainability in urban areas as in the example of Gold Coast, which can also be used for setting environmental policy, objectives and targets.

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ID Code: 67908
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sustainable urban development, Urban ecosystems, Indicator-based sustainability assessment, Parcel-scale analysis, Gold Coast City
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.01.037
ISSN: 1470-160X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2014 23:01
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2015 22:25

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