Urban forests are integral components of the urban social and ecological systems of the city. Moreover, trees are often framed as the solution or a mitigation strategy to address a laundry-list of problems facing cities. Justifications for urban forestry investments have included concepts such as the potential of increasing ecosystem services, using trees as green infrastructure to reduce the demand for gray infrastructure, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and/or addressing existing uneven access to a natural amenity. The presence and condition of urban trees is determined by a complex set of factors, many of which result from socio-ecological conditions and policy driven decisions at multiple spatial scales. Given the recent re-investment in urban forests occurring in many North American, monitoring and management of trees and green spaces has become an important object for government policy, business strategy and academic research.
This session, part of a four session series, will focus on geospatial methods to monitor the urban forest.
|Presenter||Christopher Scarpone*, Ryerson University, Environmental Applied Science and Management, Andrew A Millward, Ryerson University, Geography and Environmental Studies, Quantifying scalar ecological processes in an urban forest using drone-based image acquisition||20||10:00 AM|
|Presenter||Gary Coutu*, Geography and Planning, West Chester University, Joy Fritschle, Department of Geography and Planning, West Chester University, Growing Geotrees: Applications of 3-D Visualization and GIS-based Modeling of the Urban Forest||20||10:20 AM|
|Presenter||Asia Dowtin*, University of Delaware, Identifying spatial variability in hydrologic and solute fluxes within mixed-deciduous urban forest fragments: A Wilmington, Delaware case study||20||10:40 AM|
|Presenter||Shawn Landry*, University of South Florida, Qiuyan Yu, University of South Florida, Ruiliang Pu, University of South Florida, Michael Acheampong, University of South Florida, Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont, Mitigating effects of vertical and horizontal vegetation structure on urban heat islands in five USA cities||20||11:00 AM|
|Presenter||James WN Steenberg*, Dalhousie University, Peter N Duinker, Dalhousie University, Melissa Ristow, Dalhousie University, Open Data and Urban Forests: Crowdsourcing Tree Inventories to Support Municipal Urban Forestry||20||11:20 AM|
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