Urban Trees, Data Science and Human Wellbeing

Dr Peter Edwards1, A/Prof Bu Sung Francis Lee2, Dr Seanglidet Yean2, Dr Gradon  Diprose1, Dr Jan Schindler1, Professor  Richard Green3

1Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Wellington, New Zealand
2Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
3University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Tree and the forests have major impact on the health of the planet and human.  As the world becomes increasingly urbanised, urban trees and forests become increasingly important for overall human wellbeing. There are plenty of studies showing the benefits of urban trees and forests from a number of specific perspectives – health, climate change, urban planning and ecology. This paper will highlight Tsit project approach to study a holistic examination of urban trees and their social and cultural impacts. Using a wellbeing framework, quantitative data from remote sensing, modelling and administrative social and cultural sources, we aim to understand the impact of urban trees across a range of wellbeing domains. Using data science and epidemiological methods, we aim to discover correlations and patterns between urban trees and human wellbeing. The initial urban city reported in this paper is Singapore and Wellington. This will create a foundation from which more specific studies can be launched.


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