HERO: Human-Environment Regional Observatory

Tree-Planting Assessment (TPA)

Tree Planting Assessment (TPA): This research stream uses field data collection, geoinformatics-based mapping and ecosystem services modeling/forecasting techniques to examine how the extensive tree replanting program has impacted the urban environment in terms of forest diversity, cover/density/configuration, land surface temperature, and various ecosystem services, and the likely future impacts. The TPA research stream will contribute to a burgeoning body of knowledge concerning urban forest sustainability, tree planting from an environmental justice perspective, and ecosystem service modelling. TPA will also shed new light on the current and future eco-services impact of tree planting initiatives throughout the U.S.