Developing micro-level urban ecosystem indicators for sustainability assessment

Didem Dizdaroglu*

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Sustainability assessment is increasingly being viewed as an important tool to aid in the shift towards sustainable urban ecosystems. An urban ecosystem is a dynamic system and requires regular monitoring and assessment through a set of relevant indicators. An indicator is a parameter which provides information about the state of the environment by producing a quantitative value. Indicator-based sustainability assessment needs to be considered on all spatial scales to provide efficient information of urban ecosystem sustainability. The detailed data is necessary to assess environmental change in urban ecosystems at local scale and easily transfer this information to the national and global scales. This paper proposes a set of key micro-level urban ecosystem indicators for monitoring the sustainability of residential developments. The proposed indicator framework measures the sustainability performance of urban ecosystem in 3 main categories including: natural environment, built environment, and socio-economic environment which are made up of 9 sub-categories, consisting of 23 indicators. This paper also describes theoretical foundations for the selection of each indicator with reference to the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Inc.


This paper is an outcome of an Australian Research Council Linkage Project (ARCLP0882637), jointly funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia , Gold Coast City Council , Queensland Transport and Main Roads , and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) . The author wishes to acknowledge the contribution of the project partners, research team and expert panel members.

FundersFunder number
Commonwealth Government of Australia
Gold Coast City Council
Australian Research CouncilARCLP0882637
Queensland University of Technology
Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Government


    • Micro-level
    • Spatial analysis
    • Sustainability assessment
    • Urban ecosystem indicators


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