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Best Practices for Using Citizen Science in Urban Forest Inventorying

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Title: Best Practices for Using Citizen Science in Urban Forest Inventorying
Author: Karafilov, Jessica
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Landman, Karen
Abstract: Urban trees and forests are an essential component of the urban fabric and provide a range of environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits. Urban tree inventories are conducted for a number of purposes, including providing valuable urban forest data that allows for sustainable management decisions. Involving citizens in scientific enquiries is not a new phenomenon, and there are challenges and benefits to using this model. The goal of this research was to conduct a comparative case study of nine citizen science (CS) urban forest inventory programs to establish a guideline of best practices. This was achieved by analyzing academic and grey literature, and conducting supplementary key informant interviews. The best practices identified can serve as a practical tool for municipalities, NGOs and landscape architects seeking to implement or improve upon existing CS urban forest inventory programs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17977
Date: 2020-05
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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