UBC Undergraduate Research

Ecological Connectivity : Soft landscape design proposal for the dead points on the UBC campus Chu, Jiayi; Fu, Pinyi; Li, Weijun; Shen, Yiqin; Zhou, Xiaohan


Human activities have changed the ecological function and structure of the environment, and the fragmented green space has reduced the ecosystem services. Therefore, it is very necessary to strengthen the connection between green spaces and create new soft landscapes so as to increase fauna habitats and improve the connection among habitats with high species richness and ecological potential. This report will analyze the isolated soft landscapes on the University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver campus that cannot connect to surrounding green spaces and then put forward effective soft landscape intervention schemes according to the current conditions of each site. Finally, we will visually present the comparison before and after implementing soft landscape interventions through GIS maps. The presented results of the GIS maps show that after the interventions are added near these isolated soft landscapes, all soft landscapes on campus overlap each other after adding a 10m buffer, which means that the connectivity among soft landscapes has been improved. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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