We are trying to understand how to efficiently measure the benefits of the urban forest in Australian cities.

  • Project dates: 2015–2017

Urban forests provide many benefits such as shading and storm water capture. Measuring these benefits can be difficult and expensive because tree canopies are complex and many trees are on private land. The objective of this project is to develop new techniques for measuring the extent, size, density and other properties of the urban forest.

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