Melbourne’s urban forest is critical infrastructure in our city, providing environmental, social and economic benefits that help to create a thriving city. But exactly how valuable are these benefits?
In this Australian-first citizen science project, we will undertake a detailed assessment of the City of Melbourne’s urban forest to understand and quantify the benefits. Using the i-Tree Eco assessment method, this analysis will provide a more accurate valuation of Melbourne’s urban forest than previous estimations.
In 2013, Citizen Foresters helped the City of Melbourne to pilot the use of citizen science to carry out i-Tree Eco assessments. We will now build on this work to complete an assessment of the entire City of Melbourne urban forest.
How do I get involved?
i-Tree Eco is a software application designed to use field data from randomly located plots throughout a study area to quantify forest structure, environmental effects and value to communities. The software also uses local hourly air pollution and meteorological data to ensure robust analysis.
i-Tree Eco was developed by the United States Forestry Service and has been adapted for Australian conditions. You can learn more on the i-Tree website.