NY11002 - Understanding the carbon and pollution mitigation potential of Australia's urban forest

The urban forest holds a particular role in the Australian urban landscape. A mixture of remnant, native and exotic trees, it is managed by a variety of government and private actors, existing at once as an expenditure for local authorities while providing a range of unquantified benefits such as habitats for wildlife, air pollution removal and flood prevention. Despite its prominence as an identifier for an urban area or as the backdrop in the lives of urban residents, the urban forest continues to be undervalued as part of the policy process. In response to a renewed need to appraise the benefits of the urban forest in the face of climate change, the aim of this project was to contribute to the development of tools that help value the urban forest, while seeking an understanding of the feelings of residents towards urban trees.