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Do water requirements of Mediterranean gardens relate to socio-economic and demographic factors?


Cubino, JP and Kirkpatrick, JB and Subiros, JV, Do water requirements of Mediterranean gardens relate to socio-economic and demographic factors?, Urban Water Journal, 14, (4) pp. 401-408. ISSN 1573-062X (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2016 Informa UK Limited

DOI: doi:10.1080/1573062X.2016.1173219


Gardeners can consume a large proportion of total domestic water, depending on their garden type and gardening style. We calculated water requirements of gardens based on species composition and land cover, and determined whether they can be predicted from the socio-economic, demographic and cultural characteristics of households. We recorded the plant species composition, garden cover types, and household characteristics of 258 households in suburbs of the Mediterranean coast of Catalonia. The distribution of the 635 species in these gardens were the input to a cluster analysis, in which semi-natural gardens, vegetable gardens, lawn gardens and ornamental gardens formed strong floristic groups, with ornamental gardens predicted to require the least water inputs and lawn gardens the most. We conclude that only income and a lack of work were related to our water requirement variable, reflecting the expense of water and the propensity of the retired to spend more time in the garden.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:private landscapes, landscape water needs, plant species composition, Mediterranean, gardens
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:115986
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-04-27
Last Modified:2018-07-30

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