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Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Program

Snapshot : Despite millions of dollars spent each year by federal, state, and local governments on remote sensing datasets, decision makers sometimes still find that they lack basic information about their community's tree canopy because these datasets have not been converted into practical, readily interpretable information. In the Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Assessments Program, NRS scientist Morgan Grove, with a partner from the University of Vermont's Spatial Analysis Laboratory, has developed advanced processing techniques that to help fill this information gap.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Grove, Morgan 
Research Location : Upper Great Lakes Region
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 222

Summary

Despite millions of dollars spent each year by federal, state, and local governments on remote sensing datasets, decision makers sometimes still find that they lack basic information about their community's tree canopy because these datasets have not been converted into practical, readily interpretable information. In the Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Assessments Program, NRS scientist Morgan Grove, with a partner from the University of Vermont's Spatial Analysis Laboratory, has developed advanced processing techniques that to help fill this information gap. They have provided new land-cover maps that are 900 times more detailed than existing datasets. These assessment have been completed for over 30 communities in the United States and Canada. The UTC Assessment Program has been recognized for its outreach activities by the Association of Natural Resourced Educational Professionals and for its use of advanced image processing algorithms by Nobel Laureate Dr. Gerd Binnig.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • University of Vermont

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Inventory and Monitoring
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