i-Tree Vue allows you to make use of the freely available National Land Cover Database (NLCD) satellite-based imagery to assess your community's land cover, including tree canopy, and some of the ecosystem services provided by your current urban forest. The effects of planting scenarios on future benefits can also be modeled.
Recent enhancements allow users to make regional adjustments to canopy and impervious estimates based on recent research. In addition, a simple clipping tool allows users to refine basic area of interest boundaries from NLCD images within the Vue application. Interactivity with Google Maps allows for improved NLCD image interpretation.
The new Vue Executive Summary Report offers a quick snap-shot of relevant ecosystem service estimates and cover characteristics.
NLCD data consists of (3) types of imagery: derived from Landsat satellite data:
Each imagery data set has a resolution of 30 meters.
i-Tree Vue allows everyday users to easily utilize the imagery datasets and quickly assess their region's broad characteristics over these three areas.
In addition, i-Tree Vue will allow users to model basic scenarios producing simple analyses outputs including:
Visualization and simple reporting of the imagery data are key components of this tool.
i-Tree Vue was conceived and developed by Alexis Ellis (US Forest Service, Northern Research Station), Mike Binkley (The Davey Institute) and David J. Nowak (US Forest Service, Northern Research Station).