Global climate changes seen today are a precursor to more frequent and drastic climate changes that can eminent in the near future unless proper actions are taken to reduce the factors contributing to these changes. Urban areas, in particular, are vulnerable to climate changes and currently constitute more than 54% of the earth’s population. Urban population is predicted to increase and by the year 2050, it is estimated that 80% of the world population will be dwelling in the cities. Increase in urban green cover can play a key role in resisting climate change and will lead to a number of environmental, social and economic benefits for urban dwellers. Due to a number of anthropogenic and natural factors the urban green cover is changing in cities. Cities around the world are trying to increase urban cover through use of green roofs, living walls, urban agriculture, urban forests to decrease air and noise pollution, decrease heat island effects, as well as increasing urban resilience to floods. This research explores the different factors contributing to the change in the urban green cover through a scientometric review of publications over the past decade (2008-2018). CiteSpace software package has been used for performing keyword co-word analysis, author co-citation analysis, and journal co-citation analysis. New researchers such as architects, planners, engineers, economists will immensely benefit from this study’s quantitative analysis of the scientific database.
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