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Urban Canopy Cover with AI

Understanding the Green in Cities Better with Artificial Intelligence

Looking across a city it is a great different whether you see green splashes, dots or just grey. Both to mitigate the impact of climate change in cities, yet also for wellbeing. Urban canopy cover can help mitigating the impact of increasing daytime summer temperatures. Reading up on the Climate Change AI workshop held at NeurIPS 2019 there was a paper called Quantifying Urban Canopy Cover with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks that I wanted to read.

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Percent tree canopy cover within California urban areas. CREDIT University of California, Davis
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Urban Canopy Cover with AI

The abstract of the paper reads as follow.

  • Increased perceived neighbourhood safety.
  • Better visual and aesthetic appeal for residents.

Traditional vs. New

They contrast traditional measurement.

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Combine?

I thought it was interesting to think about the potential of combining these different datasets for moderation to get a clearer picture of whether it is true or perhaps finding a way to more accurately map how green a city is. Each method has its limitations, but together and combined it may create a realisation of the true representation of the vegetation.

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AI Policy and Ethics at www.nora.ai. Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own. twitter.com/AlexMoltzau

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