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Plant trait analysis delivers an extensive list of potential green roof species for Mediterranean France


Kattge,  Jens
Interdepartmental Max Planck Fellow Group Functional Biogeography, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Max Planck Society;

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van Mechelen, C., Dutoit, T., Kattge, J., & Hermy, M. (2014). Plant trait analysis delivers an extensive list of potential green roof species for Mediterranean France. Ecological Engineering, 67, 48-59. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.03.043.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0019-88C2-5
Green roofs are increasingly popular in urban areas of NW Europe and North America. However, greening roofs still needs incentives particularly in countries with a Mediterranean climate. Although greenroof benefits such as cooling capacity and storm water retention would be even more pronounced inthis challenging climate with hot and dry summers, vegetation stress on extensive green roofs will beenhanced, causing low performance if the same species as in the temperate regions of NW Europe andNorth America are used. In order to support further development and application of green roofs in theMediterranean climate, new insights on suitable native species is an essential step. Using the habitattemplate concept, specifically taking into account drought adaptation and self-regulation, we developeda screening procedure using both functional plant traits and utilitarian aspects. Plant traits of two specieslists (one resulting from an extensive vegetation study and another one covering the successful plantspecies of extensive green roofs in NW Europe) were analyzed. The results were incorporated into a hier-archical multi-criteria screening tool. This tool can encourage further experimental trials and inspire andguide the green roof industry toward the most appropriate species for extensive green roof design. Asan example, the key was illustrated on a subset of plant species from Mediterranean southern France,which identified 34 newly potential green roof species. Interestingly, 35% of these species were annuals,a promising life form that has until now rarely been considered for extensive green roofs.