A new article on Smithsonian.com unveiled that a research team at Portland State University has built a mapping tool, called the Trees and Health App. It overlays tree density with vulnerability and lets users see where poverty intersects with lack of vegetation. The tool also “lets urban planners, neighborhood groups, and local government find the most polluted neighborhoods in their city and then figure out how many trees they would have to plant, and where to put them, to improve air quality.” The article goes on:
The Trees and Health App is being put to use in Portland, where the city and Multnomah County just passed a climate action plan informed, in part, by Portland State University’s work on heat islands and tree cover. Neighborhood groups are using the tool to set agendas. The Johnson Creek Watershed Council, for instance, is working on a tree planting project in the diverse Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood in southeast Portland.
Read the whole thing here.