The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Treepedia project seeks to quantify the number of trees in large cities. Today it gathers information from 27 cities. About which you have a map available to browse which areas are more wooded than others.
For the elaboration of the project, they have developed an index called Green View Index, which uses the data stored in Google Street View. The project is open source as it aims to make people aware of the importance of green areas in cities. In the future people will be able to access all the data from the analyses and collaborate on the project to increase the coverage of cities.
It is important that people become aware of the importance of trees in cities. Trees help improve air quality by absorbing CO2 and helping to lower pollution levels. In addition, several studies guarantee that an adequate number of them are capable of lowering temperatures between 2⁰C and 8⁰C. So they’re a good formula for fighting global warming.
The project has not taken into account green areas or city parks. The project sought to raise awareness of “urban trees”, which often go unnoticed and are as important as parks can be. Here we will show you the 10 cities that lead this ranking.
Tampa has the honor of being ranked number 1. Treepedia has a coverage of 36.1% and a density of 1283 inhabitants/Km2. It is in Florida and is known for its museums and cultural offerings.
Singapore is at number 2 on the list. With 29.3% coverage and 7000 inhabitants/Km2. Located in southern Malaysia, it is characterized by having one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. There are also restrictions on the use of private vehicles in order to control pollution. The most common is the use of public transport.
The capital of Norway is known worldwide for its fjords. In addition, it is considered one of the world’s economic centers for the maritime sector and is currently the 5th most expensive city on the planet. With a coverage of 28.8% and 4421 inhabitants/Km2 completes the podium of the cities with more trees of the earth.
It has one of the lowest population densities of any major city on the planet, with only 400 inhabitants per square kilometer. But as a contradiction, it is the most populous city in Australia. Its tree coverage is 25.9%.
This Canadian city has the honor of being considered one of the best cities in the world to live for its quality of life. A coverage of 25.9% of trees also ensures good air quality. It has a population density of 5249 inhabitants/Km2. In addition to its quality of life, it is one of the safest cities in the world, with a very low crime rate.
Montreal is the second Canadian city on this list. They give a coverage of 25.5% and 3889 inhabitants/Km2. It is the second most populous city in Canada and is considered one of the most important cultural centers in North America. Among its best-known festivals are the Montréal Jazz Festival and the Juste pour Rire (Humour) Festival.
We refer to the city located in the United States. Known for hosting Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It has 6586 inhabitants/Km2 and according to Treepedia a tree cover of 25.3%.
It is the third largest city in South Africa, with 2600 inhabitants/Km2. The trees cover the city by 23.7%. It is known for having the largest port in all of Africa and one of the largest maritime container terminals in the world.
The second African city on the list, is also located in South Africa and is the most populous city in this country. It is also one of the 40 cities with the largest metropolitan area in the world. It has a population density of 2900 inhabitants/Km2 and a tree coverage of 23.6%.
Sacramento is the capital of California, in the United States. It has 1800 inhabitants/Km2 and a tree cover of 23.6%. Its expansion began with the California Gold Rush between 1848 and 1855.