Authors: April Byrne*,
Topics: Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Urban Forest, Tree Canopy, University, Tree Health, Manmade Features, Landscape
Session Type: Guided Poster
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This study is conducted on Indiana University’s campus in Bloomington, Indiana, which is composed of a variety of land uses surrounded by an urban community. The overall tree condition from both 2016 and 2019 data indicate a high percentage of healthy trees. However, there are specific species that have significantly declined in health between 2016 and 2019. In addition, canopy cover has remained stagnant despite increased planting and tree maintenance efforts. Using tree inventory data from 2016 and 2019, this project will analyze trends in health, diversity indices, and growth. The objective is to identify spatial correlations of tree condition using soil, elevation, urban planning, and green infrastructure data. Spatial autocorrelation tools identify dense areas of poor or declining tree health on campus. Spatial regression analyses describe the relationship between tree health and human activity and the built environment. The results of this study will inform the campus’ Tree Care Advisory Board in tree selection, planting, and maintenance operations.