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Comparing Tree Coverage in 10 Major Cities Around the World

Comparing Tree Coverage in 10 Major Cities Around the World
New York. Image via flickr user "quintanomedia"licensed under CC BY 2.0
New York. Image via flickr user "quintanomedia"licensed under CC BY 2.0

Throughout the last two years, researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts have been using Google Street View data to study some of the world’s most prominent cities in terms of tree coverage. Developed in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, “Treepedia” seeks to promote awareness of the role of green canopies in urban life, and asks how citizens can be more integral to the process of greening their neighborhoods.

The ever-growing list studies cities both around and beyond the USA, using an innovative metric called the “Green View Index,” which uses Google Street View panoramas to evaluate and compare green canopy coverage in major cities. Through monitoring the urban tree coverage, citizens and planners can see which areas in their city are green and not green, compare their green canopy with other cities, and play a more active role in enhancing their local environment.

Below, we have rounded up ten cities from around the world covered by Treepedia, offering an insight into global hubs such as London, Paris, New York, and Sao Paolo. For each listing, the “Green View Index” represents the total percentage of the city covered by trees. More interactive data can be found on the official Treepedia platform here.

Boston

Boston. Image via flickr user "boblinsdell"licensed under CC BY 2.0
Boston. Image via flickr user "boblinsdell"licensed under CC BY 2.0

Green View Index: 18.2%
Population Density: 5,344/sqkm

Cape Town

Cape Town. Image via flickr user "wenzday01"licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Cape Town. Image via flickr user "wenzday01"licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Green View Index: 13.4%
Population Density: 1,100/sqkm

London

London. Image via flickr user "The man behind the mirror"licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0
London. Image via flickr user "The man behind the mirror"licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Green View Index: 12.7%
Population Density: 5,318/sqkm

Los Angeles

Los Angeles. Image via flickr user "lulek"licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0
Los Angeles. Image via flickr user "lulek"licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Green View Index: 15.2%
Population Density: 3,198/sqkm

Montreal

Montreal. Image via flickr user "husseinabdallah"licensed under CC BY 2.0
Montreal. Image via flickr user "husseinabdallah"licensed under CC BY 2.0

Green View Index: 25.5%
Population Density: 3,889/sqkm

New York

New York. Image via flickr user "Wolfgang Bücker" licensed under CC BY 2.0
New York. Image via flickr user "Wolfgang Bücker" licensed under CC BY 2.0

Green View Index: 13.5%
Population Density: 10,831/sqkm

Paris

Paris. Image via pixabay user "teleistapix" licensed under CC BY 2.0
Paris. Image via pixabay user "teleistapix" licensed under CC BY 2.0

Green View Index: 8.8%
Population Density: 21,000/sqkm

Oslo

Oslo. Image via flickr user "dconvertini" licensed under CC BY 2.0
Oslo. Image via flickr user "dconvertini" licensed under CC BY 2.0

Green View Index: 28.8%
Population Density: 4,421/sqkm

Sao Paolo

Sao Paolo. Image via pixabay user "joelfotos" licensed under CC BY 2.0
Sao Paolo. Image via pixabay user "joelfotos" licensed under CC BY 2.0

Green View Index: 11.7%
Population Density: 7,913/sqkm

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv. Image via flickr user "Tim Rochte" licensed under CC BY 2.0
Tel Aviv. Image via flickr user "Tim Rochte" licensed under CC BY 2.0

Green View Index: 17.5%
Population Density: 8,353/sqkm

News via: MIT Senseable City Lab

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "Comparing Tree Coverage in 10 Major Cities Around the World" 03 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/899519/tree-coverage-in-10-major-cities-around-the-world/> ISSN 0719-8884
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New York. Image via flickr user "quintanomedia"licensed under CC BY 2.0

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