Parks are where we go to connect with nature, play, and meet others in our community. But parks are also critical infrastructure helping cities mitigate and adapt to climate change—sometimes in surprising and hidden ways.
One way researchers describe the multiple benefits of urban green spaces is through documenting the “ecosystem services” these spaces provide for humans and non-humans alike. These services are the ways in which natural systems provide habitat, sustenance, temperature regulation, cultural and psychological benefits, and so much more.
Here we share recent research into the challenges climate change poses and the ways parks help us rise to meet them.