An Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. UTC data can be very accurate, providing information such as the location of trees, species, health condition, and the extent of the tree canopies.
Our GIS technicians utilize an object-oriented classification approach to process and analyze high resolution, remotely-sensed data and land cover classifications. The use of imagery analysis supports responsible tree management, facilitates community forestry goal setting and improves your urban resource planning.
Assessing the UTC using current aerial photographs can be a cost-effective and highly accurate approach to assessing existing canopy cover for:
- Canopy goal attainment and growth modeling
- Future planting plans
- Stormwater management
- Water resource and quality management
- Energy conservation management
- Public education and outreach
- Canopy changes through time
Using a detailed Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) assessment methodology, Davey analyzes existing canopy and spatial data to accurately determine baseline percentages city-wide and for other available geographies such as:
- Management Areas
- Land Use/Parcel (Private vs. Public)