Urban forests contribute significantly to human health and environmental quality. Aerial imaging is a critical assessment tool to help quantify and measure the benefits that trees and urban forests provide. Aerial imaging is extremely useful for improving urban forest policies, planning and management, and tracking environmental changes over time.
Tree Canopy Assessment
Aerial imagery can accurately determine canopy cover and planting potential by using high-resolution image maps. New assessment tools can also determine carbon storage and heat island effect.
Urban Forest Health
Urban forests face many pressures such as insects, diseases, and pollution that can affect forest health. Aerial imaging data and metrics provide a snapshot of the health, extent and structure of an urban forest in order to quantify the benefits that it provides.
The urban forest is a dynamic, living resource that is facing abrupt changes and threats. Aerial imaging can help to meet challenges and demands posed by both human and natural system changes, which often happen rapidly.