How to Choose an Urban Forest Assessment Tool
With dozens of urban forest ecosystem assessment tools available, before selecting one, you should consider a series of questions that will lead you to the best tool for your project.
- What are your goals? What do you want to gain from doing an assessment?
- What is the scope of your project, including what ecosystem services, if any, you want to measure?
- What type of resources, including funding, data and time, do you have at your disposal for this project?
- What type of approach do you want to use: top-down or bottom-up?
Once you have determined the answers to these questions, you’ll ready to determine what type of tool will suit your needs best.