Friday, August 7, 2009

Aussies use remote sensing and GIS to target optimal locations for planting to mitigate urban heat island; Brisbane, Australia

New technology helps identify right location for trees - Environment - News | Northside Chronicle
BRISBANE: The Brisbane City Council has become the first local government in Australia to use satellite technology to target where trees should be planted to shade the city.
The technology allows council to pinpoint the hottest spots of the city down to individual streets.
More than 10,000 street trees will shade the city’s hottest streets, parks and bikeways over the next 12 months, based on maps generated from heat and cool-spot technology.
The project is part of Lord Mayor Campbell Newman’s 2 Million Trees project, which in turn supports the target to restore 40 per cent of Brisbane to bush cover by 2026.

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