The green canopy is an important and integral part of urban life. Trees help mitigate extreme temperatures, provide a natural respite from traffic, noise, and congestion, and improve the quality of life for those living in urban environments. However, the average citizen is often removed from understanding the individual features of their unique environmental habitats. How, then, can citizens be better engaged in this process so that they can play a more integral role in helping to shape the green canopies in their neighborhoods?
Researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab have developed an interactive website called Treepedia that uses Google Street View data to measure the urban ‘Green Canopy’, or the aboveground portion of trees and vegetation in cities around the world. Treepedia will allow city dwellers to view the location and size of trees within their communities and to submit input to help tag, track, and advocate for more such trees in their cities. Developed in partnership with the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities and its Global Shapers Community, Treepedia relies on an innovative metric called the "Green View Index."
Read more at the MIT SENSEable City Lab.