Climate and plant traits as influences on green roof performance

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dc.contributor.advisor Lundholm, Jeremy T. (Jeremy Todd), 1970-
dc.creator Tran, Stephanie
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-17T15:50:18Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-17T15:50:18Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.other SB419.5 T73 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/27179
dc.description 106 leaves : illustrations ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstract Green roofs are being introduced and installed in varying climates worldwide to benefit from green roof services. Services of thermal cooling and stormwater capture reduce building energy consumption and strain on infrastucture. Across North America, green roofs often make use of a limited set of plants, but the effects of different climates on survival and growth are unknown while survival often outranks optimization of services. To identify the impact of climate on plant performance, I installed an identical green roof system in three Canadian cities. To investigate the relationship between plant traits and green roof services, I measured service provision and analyzed for correlation. A moderate climate supported the best growth and performance, but in all climates, mixture plantings performed well over the two growing seasons. Plant traits of specific leaf area and plant height were predictive, through vegetation characteristics, of stormwater capture and green roof surface cooling. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc SB419.5
dc.subject.lcsh Green roofs (Gardening) -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Green roofs (Gardening) -- Climatic factors -- Canada
dc.title Climate and plant traits as influences on green roof performance en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Science
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Biology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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