i-Tree Eco

Overview
Description: 

i-Tree Eco is a software application designed for urban forest assessment. It uses field data from complete inventories or randomly located plots, along with hourly air pollution and meteorological data. It quantifies the structure and environmental effects of urban forests (or trees) and calculates their value to communities.

Input: 

User-collected field data, air pollution data, weather data, GIS shapefile of study area (optional).

Output: 
Tables / statistics / reports
Scale: 
Site scale
Local scale
Regional scale
Multi-scale
Cost of the tool (and guidance): 
Open access (free)
Context: 
Urban forests
Resource requirement (software): 
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Windows 7), Microsoft Excel, ArcGIS Desktop with Spatial Analyst Extension (optional).
Types of ecosystem service included: 
Regulating
Cultural
Habitat type (UK NEA habitats): 
Woodland
Urban
How does it work?: 

i-Tree Eco is one of a suite of i-Tree products developed in the US. i-Tree Eco allows users to collect data on the urban forest and estimate the ecosystem services that it provides for the community.  This includes information on urban forest structure, pollution removal, energy effects, rainfall interception, carbon sequestration and storage, and resource value.  

Tree data is collected and entered into the software; these data are then merged with local air pollution and meteorological information. A series of scientific equations and algorithms calculate structural and functional information about the value of each tree (if 100% of trees are sampled i.e. a ‘full inventory’); or an estimate for the total tree population (if a ‘sample inventory’ is conducted using plots randomly located throughout the study area).

Where can I get it?: 

www.itreetools.org

 

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