Trees in the City 1: Socio-Ecological Dynamics in the Urban Forest

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 8:40 AM / 9:55 AM
Room: Director's Row H, Sheraton, Plaza Building, Lobby Level
Organizers: Shawn Landry, Tenley Conway
Chairs: Shawn Landry


Tenley M. Conway, University of Toronto, Mississauga,
Shawn Landry, University of South Florida,

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


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Sean P McLaughlin*, West Chester University of Pennsylvania & McKean County Planning Commission, McKean County, PA, Joy A Fritschle, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Department of Geography & Planning, Investigating urban park trees and i-Tree ECO Forecast Modeling in southeastern Pennsylvania 15 8:40 AM
Presenter David Miller*, University of California Santa Barbara, Michael Alonzo, American University, Dar Roberts, University of California Santa Barbara, Christina Tague, University of California Santa Barbara, Joseph McFadden, University of California Santa Barbara, The effects of severe multiyear drought on urban tree species and turfgrass in a semi-arid city using airborne imaging spectroscopy 15 8:55 AM
Presenter Cynthia Sellers*, Clark University, Nicholas Geron, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610, USA, Arthur Elmes, University of Massachusetts, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125, USA , Marc Healy, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610, USA, John Rogan, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610, USA, Investigating Methods for Estimating Above Ground Biomass of Juvenile Street Trees Using Terrestrial LiDAR 15 9:10 AM
Presenter Dexter Locke*, USDA Forest Service, The only thing constant is change: tree canopy in three cities. 15 9:25 AM
Presenter Basil Southey*, Queen's University, The Afterlife of Trees: Urban Timber Salvage in Metro Vancouver 15 9:40 AM

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