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Where are the trees? ‘Green View Index’ maps them out – Niagara Gazette

This is a map that shows you where trees are. Trees are such an important part of the environment so it’s comforting to see them given the attention they deserve. They provide food and shelter for animals, natural resources for us and they even help clean our air. There is a definite need to keep track of trees.

Key Takeaways:

  • In an effort to enhance the critical role trees play in urban environments — providing cooling shade, alleviating air and noise pollution, and easing the effects of climate change — the school’s Senseable City Lab has developed an online platform that maps out the canopy in some major cities.
  • Trees block shortwave radiation and increase water evaporation, creating more comfortable microclimates and mitigating air pollution, lab director Carlo Ratti said. But they also just make people feel better, Ratti said.
  • The interactive website gives bird’s-eye views of 15 cities, with trees represented by green dots. Users can zoom into a particular neighborhood or individual street to see ground-level images. The City of Lights apparently isn’t the city of trees. Of the cities mapped so far, Paris scores lowest with a Green View Index score of 8.8 percent.

“In an effort to enhance the critical role trees play in urban environments — providing cooling shade, alleviating air and noise pollution, and easing the effects of climate change — the school’s Senseable City Lab has developed an online platform that maps out the canopy in some major cities to make it easier for urban planners and ordinary citizens to see where more are needed.”

https://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/where-are-the-trees-green-view-index-maps-them-out/article_409b426a-2e95-5587-814a-16c66eefaeb6.html