The Impact of Climate Change on the Urban Forest

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The urban forest. Something we don’t usually give much thought, because it is, well, there.

Climate change will have a direct impact on our urban forests, of course. The change in temperature and precipitation will shift the suitable habitat for virtually all tree species.

This video by Barrett Doherty (24 minutes) takes Philadelphia as an example. It examines the benefits of the urban forest, the impacts of climate change, the relationship between trees and urban poverty, and how we can intervene and design the future urban oasis better.

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Climate change will have an impact on our urban forests. The change in temperature and precipitation will shift the suitable habitat for virtually all tree species. Using West Philadelphia as a lens to examine these changes, this video not only explores the impacts of climate change but also how we can adapt the urban forest to the coming challenges.

During my three years studying landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, hardly anyone was interested in discussing climate change. Most people tuned out when I brought it up. I think it’s the issue of our time. In fact, it’s a big part of the reason I decided to study landscape architecture after the bottom fell out of professional photography market in 2008.

Someone I talked to recently compared being a landscape architect now to being an engineer at NASA in the ’60’s. And I agree, it’s the chance to work…

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