Managing the Urban Tree Canopy Using Geospatial Technologies

March 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Brock University - Plaza 600F
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1
Brock University Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Featuring Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Marilyne Jollineau, Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Tourism Studies, Brock University, ESRC Core Faculty Member
  • Darren Platakis, Founder/CEO of Geospatial Niagara

The urban tree canopy (UTC) is a good indicator of a municipality’s ecological health. It is comprised of woody vegetation that is found on urban streets, residential properties, and in parks. While the UTC is known to provide several important ecological, social, and economic benefits, anthropogenic activities have resulted in their degradation and loss over time.

Further, ground-based measurements to assess the UTC are costly, time-consuming, and often incomplete, especially for trees located on private land. Geospatial technologies, including remote sensing and geographic information systems, provide opportunities for assessing the complete UTC.

They also provide information for identifying preferred sites for tree planting within the UTC. In this seminar, we will discuss geospatial technologies and their use in managing the UTC with examples from local municipalities.

This event is hosted by the Brock University Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

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