Data on urban trees in Munich contribute to the current debate on climate change adaptation

Data on urban trees in Munich contribute to the current debate on climate change adaptation

September 6, 2023

Data on urban trees in Munich contribute to the current debate on climate change adaptation

 

Based on a recent study conducted by researchers from the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Earth Observation Research Cluster of the Julius-Maximilians-University, the urban tree stock of Munich was comprehensively quantified based on remote sensing data (please see a paper titled “Urban Trees in Munich – Detection, Delineation, Quantification, and Characterization based on VHR Remote Sensing data” – https://repository.corp.at/829/). In total, we found 1.54 million trees in Munich with its crowns covering an area of 92.8 km² corresponding to about 30% of the entire city area.

However, this value naturally varies per city district from around 16% in the city center up to more than 40% in the peripheral districts of Munich. In relation to climate change adaptation on the municipal level, the German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND Naturschutz) published a press release based on our data in order to contribute to the current public debate (https://bn-muenchen.de/muenchens-hitze-zukunft-jetzt-entscheiden/).

 

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