2020-21 FCWG Learning Exchange Series: The Role of Urban Forests in Climate Mitigation and Adaptation with Data and Interventions
In this webinar, speakers Dave MacFarlane of Michigan State University and Leslie Brandt of the US Forest Service will present "The Role of Urban Forests in Climate Mitigation and Adaptation with Data and Interventions."
The Role of Urban Forests in Climate Mitigation and Adaptation with Data and Interventions
Urban forests provide an important role in helping communities adapt to climate change, but also are vulnerable to changes in climate. Leslie will share how urban trees can be evaluated for their vulnerability, focusing on a recent assessment completed for Detroit. Dave will present data from both past and recent studies to discuss the potential for trees in urban areas to uptake carbon and provide shade as means of influencing climate.
- Dave MacFarlane, Professor of Forest Measurements and Modeling, Michigan State University
- Leslie Brandt is a climate change specialist with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the U.S. Forest Service, where she works on climate change adaptation and outreach for natural resource managers. Her areas of focus include urban forestry, Central Hardwoods Forests, and recreation. She has a PhD in Ecology (University of Minnesota) and a BA in Biology (Gustavus Adolphus College).
- Presentation Slides
- Supplementary Articles
- Fractal dimension of tree crowns explains species functional-trait responses to urban environments at different scales
- Potential availability of urban wood biomass in Michigan: Implications for energy production, carbon sequestration and sustainable forest management in the U.S.A.