Green Roof as an Element of Green Infrastructure and Inferences for Implementations in Turkey

Göç Yener, Ünzile
With the transformation of natural areas into impermeable surfaces such as roads and buildings, the effects of climate change have been observed more frequently in the last decades. Some examples are natural disasters such as extreme heat waves, floods and forest fires that have been observed worldwide. The concept of “green infrastructure”, which is defined as a network of natural and semi-natural areas, provides the maintenance of these areas, and offers their benefits to people. Green infrastructure creates a livable environment by protecting ecosystems and maintaining biodiversity with its multi-functionality, connectivity and multi-scale features. Green roof is considered as a green infrastructure element. This study analyzes the concept of green roof, the benefits it provides, illustrates different practical cases across the world, and evaluates how green roof can effectively be incorporated to the green infrastructure, with regard to the approaches and principles implemented in different cases. Lastly, the study describes some practices in Turkey, and seeks some urban policy implications for more effective implementations.


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Citation Formats
Ü. Göç Yener, “Green Roof as an Element of Green Infrastructure and Inferences for Implementations in Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.