Monitoring Urban Green Spaces

This project is focused on maintaining the health of the central part of urban green spaces – trees. Trees are an essential component within city environments; they regulate the atmosphere and provide shade. However, with the advent of global warming some established trees are coming under increased climate pressure.

Gathering data about trees supports their maintenance and reduces the likelihood of their stress or decay. A number of vehicles readily traverse streets, including trams, buses, and council vehicles. This project is developing a novel way to harness this existing mobile infrastructure to turn everyday transport into green space monitors.

The team are developing a remote monitoring and decision-making system build upon cameras that capture infrared and visible light installed on vehicles. The system will obtain geo-referenced upward-looking images of the trees and will capture and analyse this data through the use of models to map and monitor the resolution of the green infrastructure.

Research Team

Funding

Seed Funding 2016