Loyola Marymount University, Center for Urban Resilience
Urban tree canopy assessment and prioritization
Coastal areas, Los Angeles, California
The LMU Center for Urban Resilience focuses on urban ecology research and community solutions. It works to develop research and other interventions that lead to more resilient and just communities. LMU CUResasked the SavATree Consulting Group to look at existing and potential tree canopy in the study area and to relate it to coastal resilience, urban heat island effects, and environmental equity.
The desired outcome was to see if tree cover in the study area was distributed equitably and adequately for environmental and human health benefits.
Our approach, with our alliance partners the University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Lab and Clarke University doctoral student Dexter Locke, included the following:
We presented our findings at an open meeting at LMU CUREs. We turned over all data and shared information regarding with other researchers there in hopes it will help them ask new questions and find new answers.