What's next? Railway ecology in the 21st century

Rafael Barrientos, Luís Borda-de-Água, Pedro Brum, Pedro Beja, Henrique M. Pereira

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As societies realise the importance of maintaining biodiversity and, accordingly, acknowledge the need for monitoring, minimizing and compensating the impacts of socioeconomic activities, including transportation, more scientists will be called to address these societal challenges. Railway Ecology is emerging in this context as a relatively new field to identify and provide solutions to the specific environmental problems associated with the building and operation of railways, particularly their impacts on wildlife. This is an interdisciplinary field that uses and draws methods from other disciplines, ranging from ecology and genetics, to statistics and computer simulations. Here, we summarize the guidelines to address railway-related biodiversity conservation problems as they were identified in the several chapters of this book, and recommend lines for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRailway Ecology
EditorsLuís Borda-de-Água, Pedro Brum, Pedro Beja, Henrique M. Pereira
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319574967
ISBN (Print)9783319574950
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2017


  • Climate change
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Linear infrastructures
  • Railway ecology


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