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Prof. Raciti Publishes New Methods for Mapping the Urban Forest

Steve Raciti - PhotoDr. Steve Raciti, assistant professor of biology, has co-authored a paper in Science of the Total Environment that uses satellite and aircraft data to map Boston’s urban forest, which includes the trees in our yards, parks, and along our streets. These trees provide a wide range of societal benefits ranging from a lower prevalence of childhood asthma, reduced summer temperatures, decreased energy usage, lower crime rates, to increased perceptions of aesthetic beauty.

Creating detailed maps of the urban forest has traditionally been labor intensive, and limited to trees on public land.  This paper demonstrates how remote sensing data can be used to map the extent and structure of urban forests.

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