Integrated Urban Controlled Environment Agriculture Systems

Kuan Chong Ting, Tao Lin, Paul Curtis Davidson

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Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) has evolved from very simple row covers in open fields to highly sophisticated facilities that project an image of factories for producing edible, ornamental, medicinal, or industrial plants. Urban farming activities have been developed and promoted as a part of the infrastructures that support residents’ lives in high-population-density cities. Technologyintensive CEA is emerging as a viable form of urban farming. This type of CEA is likely to include engineering and scientific solutions for the production of plants, delivery of environmental parameters, machines for material handling and process control, and information for decision support. Therefore, the deployment of CEA for urban farming requires many components, subsystems, and other external influencing factors to be systematically considered and integrated. This chapter will describe high-tech CEA as a system, provide a systems methodology (i.e., the concept of automation-culture-environment systems or ACESys), propose a decision support platform (i.e., the concurrent science, engineering, and technology or ConSEnT, computational environment), and identify challenges and opportunities in implementing integrated urban controlled environment agriculture systems or IUCEAS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLED Lighting for Urban Agriculture
EditorsToyoki Kozai, Erik Runkle, Kazuhiro Fujiwara
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811018480
ISBN (Print)9789811018466
StatePublished - 2016


  • Controlled environment agriculture
  • Decision support
  • Systems informatics and analytics
  • Systems integration
  • Urban agriculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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