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This page provides overview guidance on the design phase of an i-Tree Eco survey.
Full guidance is available in the i-Tree Eco v6 manual, available as free download from the resources section of the i-Tree website.
This project is ongoing.
Designing your i-Tree Eco survey should include the following stages:
Agree and state the project brief and objectives in collaboration with project delivery partners.
Agree the project area and the number of plots to be surveyed (typically 200-250).
Prepare a project timeline.
Draft the budget in agreement with budget holders.
Give detailed consideration to the audiences and uses of the final report and how it will be disseminated.
Identify the types of data to collect
Identify a sampling method
Planning the survey
Help with designing your i-Tree Eco survey can be found at the following:
Climate change represents a significant threat to urban infrastructure, environmental quality and the health of city dwellers. Green infrastructure is itself at risk through greater extremes in temperature fluctuation, consequent flourishing of tree pests and diseases, drought and perceived increased risk of subsidence leading to tree removal.
There is no clear system for determining the biophysical interactions, benefits, or managing potential trade-offs within a risk-benefit context, so as to optimally support the protection and sustainable regeneration of UK towns and cities. The Urban Trees and Greenspace in a Changing Climate Programme intends to develop such a system through consolidating and building upon existing work to provide the evidence base for urban trees, definition and communication of best practice guidance, and robust assessment, evaluation and dissemination tools. This will enable society, policy makers and planners to more fully assess the risks and benefits of urban trees.
The programme also maintains the Centre of Excellence which Forest Research has developed over several decades on land regeneration practices to establish and maintain urban greenspaces on former brownfield and contaminated sites.
Research to understand the contribution that urban trees make with respect to: the resilience of current and planned urban tree stocks to climate change, their role in regulating temperatures, and water management in urban areas