Increasing green infrastructure, particularly tree canopy cover, in urban areas is a globally recognised way to improve the liveability of cities for people and biodiversity. It can also increase the resilience of cities to urban heat island effects and climate change impacts. Achieving an adequate increase presents significant challenges for land managers and planners given competition for space from increasing urban development.
With recent expansion, Edge has now incorporated staff with extensive experience in urban ecology and measuring and valuing green infrastructure. This includes the leading practitioners in the i-Tree Canopy and i-Tree Eco tools which provide a user-friendly, repeatable, and readily applied approach to measuring and valuing the structure and function of urban forests and land cover.
Edge can support local and state governments, and organisations to better understand their current and historical trends in green infrastructure assets, build the business-case for green infrastructure, and develop strategies for future planning. We also provide services which spatially relate green infrastructure cover to other key urban dynamics, such as thermal hotspots and social vulnerability.