What is UFORE?
UFORE is a computer program used to analyze our urban forest by combing:
- Field observations
- Meteorological information
- Pollution data
UFORE calculates our urban forest for:
- Environmental effects
The City of Edmonton used this model to determine how effective the urban forest is in:
- Cleansing the air
- Carbon storage
- Reducing storm water run off
The study is completed ever 10 years, the next one in 2019.
June to September 2009
Field observations: Recorded on 300 circular plots (on public and private land within the City)
- Plot size: 22.6 meters diameter
- Location selection: Generated randomly using a Geographic Information System (GIS)
Trees and shrubs in the plot were recorded for:
- Diameter (trees only)
- Canopy width (trees only)
Also recorded was:
- Amount and type of vegetation
- Porosity of the surface area
- Open space available for new tree planting
No trees or shrubs were removed or damaged in conducting the survey.
Gathered data creates a model that establishes:
- Species composition
- Amount of carbon stored
- Pollution removed by trees
Tree species composition will be used to identify the insect and disease potential in the city.
The amount of storm water runoff generated from impermeable surfaces (for example, paved areas, will also be determined).