Phillip Handley

BSc, MSc

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Research topic

Cooling effect of street trees in Bristol

In cities the climate is significantly warmer than in the surrounding countryside. This is known as the Urban Heat island (UHI) effect. The UHI effect is caused by a range...

Status: Current


  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Urban greening

Mapping and valuing the UK's Urban Forest

  • Developing a UK calibrated version of the i-Tree Eco model.
  • Supporting the initiation, delivery and reporting of i-Tree Eco and i-Tree Canopy projects.
  • Developing the Treezilla website through the ViTAL project.

Resilience of urban forests

  • Using existing datasets to inform on the extent and composition of urban forests.
  • Comparing the spatial configuration of urban forests and risks.

The role of trees and greenspaces in urban climate regulation

  • Using experimental data to create models of urban cooling by trees.

Doick, K.J., Davies, H.J., Moss, J., Coventry, R., Handley, P., Vaz Monteiro, M., Rogers, K. and Simpkin, P. (2017). The Canopy Cover of England’s Towns and Cities: baselining and setting targets to improve human health and well-being. Conference Proceedings of TPBEIII. Urban Trees Research Conference. 5-6th April 2017. Institute of Chartered Foresters, Edinburgh. (In Press).

Rogers, K. Handley, P. (2017) Plymouth Policy Area Tree Canopy Cover Assessment. Treeconomics, Exeter. 55 pp.

Goodenough, J., Handley, P., Rogers, K. and Simpkin, P. (2016). Canopy Cover Assessment and Recommendations for Wycombe District. A report by Treeconomics and Forest Research to Wycombe District Council. 41 pp.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Doick, K.J., Handley, P. (2016). Allometric relationships for urban trees in Great Britain. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 19, 223–236.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Doick, K.J., Handley andP., Peace, A. (2016). The impact of greenspace size on the extent of local nocturnal air temperature cooling in London. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 16, 160–169.

Watts, K. and Handley, P. (2010). Developing a functional connectivity indicator to detect change in fragmented landscapes. Ecological Indicators 10, 552-557.

Watts, K., Eycott A.E., Handley P., Ray D., Humphrey, J.W. and Quine, C.P. (2010), Targeting and evaluating biodiversity conservation action within fragmented landscapes: an approach based on generic focal species and least-cost networks. Landscape Ecology Vol.25, No. 9, 1305-1318.

Watts, K., Handley, P. and Scholefield, P. (2008) Habitat Connectivity–Developing an indicator for UK and country level reporting. Phase 1 Pilot Study contract report to Defra.