LIFE URBAN GREEN
The cities of Rimini (Italy) and Krakow (Poland) analyzed nearly 90,000 of their urban trees by comparing location, species and age,
ability to absorb climate-damaging CO2, and the amount of atmospheric particulate matter filtered by their leaves. This data – updated in real time per day and per year – and the results of the LIFE URBANGREEN project are now online.
The LIFE URBANGREEN project led by R3GIS based in northern Italy, aims at making the value of urban green spaces visible to citizens and increasing efficiency of maintenance activities through the GreenSpaces platform.
The benefits that are being studied and quantified include the amount of particulate matter that trees filter out of the air and the amount of climate-damaging CO2 that is removed from the atmosphere. Cooling of the air in hot summer days by trees through transpiration and shading is also quantified and expressed in kWh of energy saved for cooling the same amount of air with an air conditioner. In Rimini 26,534 trees were analyzed for the services they provide to the city, in Krakow a total of
60,828 trees. The data is now available on the public portals for the cities of Rimini and Krakow. The two portals are part of a pilot project and are the first websites of this type developed in Europe. It is an attempt to make the ecosystem services provided by urban trees visible and to clearly state the importance of green spaces for climate change adaptation.
Are you curious to know more? Here you find five videos that explain key tools developed by the LIFE URBANGREEN project in a nutshell. If you want to know more about the project, this document shows scientific results in detail as well as activities carried out step by step. →