Forest Service's i-Tree 5.0 goes mobile, global
When i-Tree, the U.S. Forest’s Services’ software suite for urban forestry analysis and management was launched, it was envisioned as a tool primarily for foresters. Six years later, communities, non-profit organizations, consultants, volunteers and students are using i-Tree to report on individual trees, parcels, neighborhoods, cities, and even entire states, allowing them to better understand the ecosystem services that trees provide, the Department of Agriculture reports.
Version 5.0 features a Web form that integrates with smartphones and tablets and includes a new function that forecasts the growth and benefits of trees through time, based on species and location-specific growth models. It also includes the ability to survey historical Google images in i-Tree Canopy and the ability to assess the human health impacts of air pollution removal by trees.
More than 10,000 copies of i-Tree have been downloaded, and international users make up the fastest growing segment of i-Tree users. Read more on the USDA blog.
Posted by GCN Staff on Oct 05, 2012 at 9:39 AM