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The Effect of Urban Tree Canopy on Microclimate and Heat Islands

Urban tree canopy illustration
Austin Troy

The Effect of Urban Tree Canopy on Microclimate and Heat Islands
January 13, 2016

Austin Troy, University of Colorado Denver
Sara Davis, City and County of Denver

Understanding urban tree canopy effects on microclimate can maximize the benefits of trees by influencing the location and species selection of plantings. It can also help urban foresters argue more effectively for program funding and support. In this webinar, we share details of ongoing research in Denver and Baltimore that is increasing our knowledge in this area and helping to inform urban forest planning and management. Austin Troy will explain how novel spatial analytic approaches and high-resolution data, including LiDAR, can address questions, such as: What is the relationship between tree canopy spatial patterns and urban surface temperature? Is the urban heat island effect different in a semi-arid western environment than in a humid eastern environment? Sara Davis will share how this research is influencing Denver's urban forest planning. Together, Austin and Sara will highlight the value of cross-disciplinary partnerships in building better research projects and management outcomes that are of local and regional value.

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How Urban Tree Canopy Regulates Microclimate and Urban Heat Islands: A study from Denver and Baltimore (PDF)
Austin Troy
Professor and Chair, Department of Planning and Design
University of Colorado Denver
Presented at the 2015 Partners in Community Forestry Conference

Denver's Urban Tree Canopy (PDF)
Sara Davis
Urban Forestry Program Manager
City and County of Denver