Urban Forest Assessment Tools
There are a variety of urban forest assessment tools available depending on what kind of approach you want to use and what specifically you want to analyze or measure.
One of the most ubiquitous assessment tools available today is the i-Tree suite, which is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the U.S. Forest Service. The suite provides a variety of urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools, calculating a dollar value of ecosystem services by using equations to predict environmental and economic benefits. Throughout the rest of this guide, we’ll go into more detail about specific tools in the i-Tree suite, as well as other common and useful assessment tools.
The following is a list of the most common categories of assessment tools. To find out more about the specific tools in each category, click on the links below.
- Top-Down Assessment Tools
- Bottom-Up Assessment Tools
- Watershed and Stormwater Management Tools
- Individual Tree Calculator Tools
- Park Tools
- Management and Modeling Toolkits
- Mobile Apps