Dr. David J. Nowak- Trees as Critical Urban Infrastructure for Sustaining Air Quality and Human Health
Presentation description: Urban trees are important infrastructure in cities throughout the world and provide multiple benefits that help sustain human health and well-being. One critical service provided by tree relates to improving air quality. However, urban tree cover has been on the decline in recent years. This presentation will discuss how urban forests have been changing and their impacts on air quality and climate change.
Bio: David Nowak is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Syracuse, NY. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change, and its effect on human health and environmental quality. He has authored over 350 publications and leads teams developing the i-Tree software suite that quantifies the benefits and values from vegetation globally.
Dr. Susan Day- Beyond Canopy Interception—Making Urban Trees Count for Stormwater Management
Presentation description: Trees and forests are well known for their role in regulating the water cycle, making them a valuable asset in urban stormwater management. But how do trees contribute in urban green infrastructure and how can we capture that contribution in policy. I will describe my experiences with single tree research with a focus on below-ground systems and current thoughts on tackling the challenges of integrating our knowledge into policy.
Bio: Susan is a Professor of Urban Forestry in the Department of Forest Resources Management and the Program Director for the urban forestry degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Susan’s research focuses on managing urban soils to enhance tree growth and longevity in the context of environmental challenges such as stormwater mitigation and land development impacts on soil-mediated ecosystem services. She helped shape the soils metrics for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) international crediting system for sustainable design projects and developed Soil Profile Rebuilding, a rehabilitation technique to restore damaged urban soils in situ and enhance urban soil carbon storage. Susan has published more than 130 articles and book chapters on urban forests and urban soils and is the 2017 recipient of the L.C. Chadwick Award for Arboricultural Research.
Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch- Trees as Nature-Based Solutions for Better Urban Living
Presentation description: These are challenging times for us humans, as we are faced with grand challenges ranging from climate change to the Covid-19 pandemic. Cecil will discuss how trees and forests in urban environments can help us deal with many current challenges. Drawing upon current concepts such as nature-based solutions and nature-based thinking, and using a series of good practices from across the world, he will show that the time for trees could very well be now.
Bio: Cecil has over 25 years of experience studying, teaching, and advising on aspects of urban forestry and nature-based solutions. A Dutch national, he has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and North America. Since 2016 he has been a professor of urban forestry at the University of British Columbia. Cecil helped found the leading academic journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, and edited seminal textbooks such as The Routledge Handbook of Urban Forestry. He has published widely. He is passionate about using trees and nature to develop better cities, and always stresses the importance of building meaningful relationships between people and places. Cecil has advised international organisations such as FAO, as well as a range of national and local governments. He currently lives in Barcelona with his family. From this Spanish city he works as Director of the new Nature Based Solutions Institute.