Trees in the City 1: Urban forest change and geospatial methods

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Congressional A, Omni, West
Organizers: Shawn Landry, Tenley Conway
Chairs: Shawn Landry

Call for Submissions

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 cities, monitoring and management of trees and green spaces has become an important object for government policy, business strategy and academic research.

For this session at the AAG, we are particularly looking for presentations that:
• Utilize geospatial methods to measure or monitor the urban forest
• Examine socio-ecological interactions in the urban forest
• Explore urban forestry policy and program impacts


Description

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 cities, monitoring and management of trees and green spaces has become an important object for government policy, business strategy and academic research.

Trees in the City includes four paper sessions and one panel session. This session includes papers that examine historical tree canopy change, the importance of the backyard urban forest, and comparisons of street tree and canopy methods.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Won Hoi Hwang*, Virginia Tech, P. Eric Wiseman, Virginia Tech, A Comparison of Geospatial Methods for Tree Canopy Assessment: A Case Study of an Urbanized College Campus 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Adam Berland*, Ball State University, Lara Roman, USDA Forest Service, Jess Vogt, DePaul University, Generating street tree data using Google Street View: data quality varies according to analyst expertise 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Lara Roman*, USDA Forest Service, Indigo Catton, University of Pennsylvania, Canopy in flux: 40 years of tree cover change in Philadelphia 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Marc Healy*, Clark University, Characterizing historical urban canopy cover change in a post-industrial city 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Dexter Locke*, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Alessandro Ossola, Centre for Smart Green Cities, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, North Ryde, Sydney, NSW, 2109, Australia, Brenda Lin, CSIRO Land and Water Flagship, Aspendale, VIC, Australia, Emily Minor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago, 845 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607-7060, USA, Unveiling green hidden treasures: back-yards host most of urban trees 20 9:20 AM

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