Tree Canopy Cover (TCC) is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. Tree canopy cover provides many benefits to communities, including improving water quality, saving energy, lowering temperatures, reducing air pollution, enhancing property values, providing wildlife habitat, facilitating social and educational opportunities, and providing aesthetic benefits.
Establishing a TCC goal is crucial for those communities seeking to improve their green infrastructure. A TCC assessment that estimates the amount of tree canopy currently present (existing TCC), along with the amount of tree canopy that could theoretically be established (possible TCC), is the first step in the TCC goal-setting process.
i-Tree Canopy offers a quick and easy way to produce a statistically valid estimate of land cover types (e.g., tree cover) using aerial images available in Google Maps. The data can be used to estimate tree canopy cover, set canopy goals, and track success.
The i-Tree Canopy tool is designed to accurately estimate tree and other cover classes (.e.g., grass, buildings, roads, etc) within an area. The tool randomly lays points (number being determined) onto Google Earth imagery and then classifies what cover class each point falls upon.
The cover classes can be defined and the system will show estimation results throughout the interpretation process. Point data and results can be exported for use in other programmes if desired.
For further details and/or to book an i-Tree Canopy project, please do not hesitate to contact us.