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Landscaping Perceptions and Behaviors: Socio-ecological Drivers of Nitrogen in the Residential Landscape

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Date Issued:
2012
Abstract/Description:
Driven by individual influences such as beliefs, attitudes, personal norms, and abilities, as well as by social influences like community norms, mandates, and the market, suburban homeowners are motivated to select and maintain a turf grass landscape. In many areas of Florida, effective suburban lawn maintenance requires regular inputs of nitrogenous fertilizer, some of which is lost to the environment, contributing to water quality degradation and ecosystem dysfunction. Reducing nitrogen inputs to aquatic systems requires a better understanding of the links between residential landscape management and the potential for fertilizer loss. This dissertation examines the linkages between the human behaviors contributing nitrogen to the suburban landscape and the resulting environmental impacts. Framed in socio-psychological theory and social marketing research, the outcomes of this dissertation contribute much needed information to the growing realm of interdisciplinary science that expands integrative theory, develops mixed methods, utilizes spatial and temporal analyses, and conducts actionable research.
Title: Landscaping Perceptions and Behaviors: Socio-ecological Drivers of Nitrogen in the Residential Landscape.
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Name(s): Souto, Leesa, Author
Hinkle, Charles, Committee Chair
Canan, Penelope, Committee CoChair
Noss, Reed, Committee Member
Weishampel, John, Committee Member
Pals, Heili, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Driven by individual influences such as beliefs, attitudes, personal norms, and abilities, as well as by social influences like community norms, mandates, and the market, suburban homeowners are motivated to select and maintain a turf grass landscape. In many areas of Florida, effective suburban lawn maintenance requires regular inputs of nitrogenous fertilizer, some of which is lost to the environment, contributing to water quality degradation and ecosystem dysfunction. Reducing nitrogen inputs to aquatic systems requires a better understanding of the links between residential landscape management and the potential for fertilizer loss. This dissertation examines the linkages between the human behaviors contributing nitrogen to the suburban landscape and the resulting environmental impacts. Framed in socio-psychological theory and social marketing research, the outcomes of this dissertation contribute much needed information to the growing realm of interdisciplinary science that expands integrative theory, develops mixed methods, utilizes spatial and temporal analyses, and conducts actionable research.
Identifier: CFE0004604 (IID), ucf:49931 (fedora)
Note(s): 2012-12-01
Ph.D.
Sciences, Biology
Doctoral
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Subject(s): urban ecology -- social-psychology -- landscape -- nitrogen -- interdisciplinary -- mixed methods
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004604
Restrictions on Access: campus 2015-12-15
Host Institution: UCF

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