Trees

Draft report

26 Sep 2018

Urban trees need to be protected if we want to preserve our current lifestyle and environment. This plan provides a framework for the management of our urban trees.

Blog post

12 Sep 2018

Global temperatures are rising. This is especially felt in urban areas due to the urban heat island (UHI) effect, where temperatures can be 10 degrees F (5.5 degrees C) higher than the surrounding countryside. This phenomenon is due to several factors that combine to alter...

Journal article

16 Jul 2018

Urban trees and woodlands provide a wide range of ecosystem services (ES) to society, for example, flood risk reduction, air purification, and moderation of urban heat islands. Despite this, local government budgets for tree planting and maintenance have declined in many cities throughout the world....

Commentary

2 Jul 2018

Australia’s landscapes are dotted with mature eucalypts that were standing well before Captain Cook sailed into Botany Bay. These old trees were once revered as an icon of the unique Australian landscape, but they’re rapidly becoming collateral damage from population growth. Mature eucalypts are routinely...

Website

19 Jun 2018

We're aiming to increase Greater Sydney's tree canopy to 40% by 2030 by planting more trees in streets, parks, bushland areas and yards.

That’s more trees in our streets, parks, backyards, neighbourhoods and schools, so we can grow our tree canopy from 16.8%* to...

Conference paper

18 Jun 2018

Urban trees provide substantial ecosystem services, and trees on private land are a sizeable segment of overall urban tree cover. Trees provide shade, cooling and habitat, and contribute to aesthetic values, sense of place, and urban dwellers’ mental and physical wellbeing. With increasing size and...

Policy report

Menu of State Policy Options
11 Apr 2018

Cities and states are always looking for ways to more efficiently and effectively deliver public services, such as flood management, resource conservation, pollution prevention, social equity and human health. Green infrastructure is an integrated set of strategies that help realize these outcomes in the built...

Infographic

22 Feb 2018

Water's role in liveability: Heat, Waterways and Urban Amenity

Journal article

10 Jan 2018

Existing evidence on the beneficial effects of nature on mental health comes from studies using cross-sectional designs. We developed a smartphone-based tool (Urban Mind; www.urbanmind.info ) to examine how exposure to natural features within the built environment affects mental well-being in real time. The tool...

Discussion paper

15 Dec 2017

The Victorian Law Reform Commission has released this consultation paper as part of its examination of the current operation of the relevant laws and processes in Victoria governing neighbourhood tree disputes.

Journal article

13 Nov 2017

Despite the importance of urban trees, their growth reaction to climate change and to the urban heat island effect has not yet been investigated with an international scope. While we are well informed about forest growth under recent conditions, it is unclear if this knowledge...

Report

16 Oct 2017

A major urban greening initiative across six local councils has dramatically reshaped western Melbourne’s tree cover, making the area more liveable and cooler, this RMIT University study has found.

Report

22 Sep 2017

This summary provides stakeholders with woody vegetation change summary statistics for all SLATS mapping between the first mapping period of 1988–91 and up to the most recent 2015–16 mapping period.

Report

20 Sep 2017

How can local government greening efforts be most effective in addressing differences in metropolitan residents’ social, economic and health outcomes and vulnerabilities, exposure to high temperatures and access to green areas? Where should all the trees go?

Report

1 Sep 2017

Every year, between 3 and 4 million people around the world die as a result of air pollution and its lifelong impacts on human health, from asthma to cardiac disease to strokes. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas....

Journal article

22 Mar 2017

Urbanisation and a changing climate are leading to more frequent and severe flood, heat and air pollution episodes in Britain's cities. Interest in nature-based solutions to these urban problems is growing, with urban forests potentially able to provide a range of regulating ecosystem services such...

Journal article

26 Sep 2016

Over the past decade research on urban thermal inequity has grown, with a focus on denser built environments. In this letter we examine thermal inequity associated with climate change impacts and changes to urban form in a comparatively socio-economically disadvantaged Australian suburb. Local urban densification...

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