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Tree Canopy Cover

Variable Definitions:
Tree Canopy Cover: The percentage of area covered in tree canopy

Other Notes: Pixel Size for raster data is 30 x 30 meters, and was collected from the LANDSAT series of satellites.

The MRLC Consortium is a partnership of federal agencies, consisting of the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium 

Years Available:

2011, 2016


Why are these variables important to measure?

Tree Cover Canopy

Trees provide many benefits to human health. They purify the air by filtering out ozone and particulate matter. Additionally, they can also help mitigate high air temperatures through the provision of shade as well as evaporative cooling. Trees filter pollutants out of water and can help regulate water quality and serve as a form of flood and storm water control. Lastly, trees can improve mental health and add to the aesthetic quality of a neighborhood.

Measuring the percentage of tree cover in an area highlights which neighborhoods are able to enjoy the many benefits that trees can offer. 

McDonald, Rob, et. al. “Funding Trees for Health.” The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, & Analysis Group, September 23, 2017. Link

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