Bristol Tree Canopy Cover Survey 2018

Region details

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Background

This Tree Canopy Cover (TCC) data is based on our work with i-Tree Canopy. This tool uses Google Earth imagery and allows the user to select a number of random sample points in a pre-defined region, in this case a Bristol Ward. If a sample point falls on any tree canopy it is defined 'tree', otherwise it is defined as 'non-tree' . Once enough sample points have been collected, it is possible to estimate the percentage TCC for the region.
The TCC estimates in this analysis are the work of Mark Ashdown, Chair of Bristol Tree Forum based on Google Earth imagery of April 2018.
Forestry Research are compiling TCC data from across the UK and it is mapped here.
Prediction of environmental impacts from only an estimate of the tree canopy area is not calibated for UK condition. In that context, there is considerable uncertainly in the use of US-based factors. The factors are shown below and computed values must be treated with great scepticism.
Estimates of the monetary benefits of those impacts is also subject to debate. The values shown below are based on those suggested by Forestry Research which uses figures from the UK government Air Quality: economic analysis. The figures have wide ranges of sensitivity.

Conversion factors and benefit values used

Component description kg/m2/yr £ per tonne
CO Carbon monoxide 0.101 0
NO2 Nitrogen dioxide 0.551 14646
O3 Ozone 5.489 0
PM10 Particulate Matter 2.5 to 10 microns 1.838 33713
PM2.5 Particulate Matter < 2.5 microns 0.267 0
SO2 Sulfur dioxide 0.347 1956
CO2 sequestered Carbon dioxide sequestered 1117.576 60
CO2 stored Carbon dioxide stored 28177.63 60
O2 Oxygen production 3017.45 0
Estimated number of trees / hectare @ 2.5m radius  500

A Trees of Bristol production supported by Bristol Tree Forum production. Code and data on GitHub.