Urban greening becoming a hot issue for WA

“Heatwave-related deaths in Perth are expected to more than double from 137 in 2011 to 378 by 2050 as the state faces increased warming due to climate change.

This prediction from the State of Australian Cities 2013 places Perth fourth in Australia for the number of annual heat-related deaths behind Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.”

To put this in perspective WA’s Road Toll  was 161 for the whole state in 2015, with 74 deaths in the Perth metropolitan area.  See below the Annual Fatalities from traffic accidents in WA.

Road deaths by year

 

Greens launch Urban Forest Plan

 

On Monday night the WA Greens launched their new Urban Forest Plan for Perth,  at the WA State Library.

The event was a huge success, filling the 207 seat lecture theater to capacity and forcing some late comers to have to watch from the entrance.

Urban trees and green spaces look destine to be an important election issue this year, as communities across Perth are becoming increasingly concerned about increasing tree removal and bushland clearing, which is causing rising urban temperatures, the loss of biodiversity and amenity.

The Greens plan is exactly what Perth needs with our scorching summer temperatures. However, as Senator Scott Ludlam pointed out, achieving it will require work in other areas, such as improving public transport and cycling infrastructure to reduce the need for more and more roads.

It will also require  Local Governments to take measures to educate residents about the many important benefits that trees and natural areas provide and take measures to protect them.  Many will also need to embrace new technologies that are available to better monitor and analyse their urban canopies and improve the ways in which the manage them.

The State Government (WAPC) determines our planning laws and must give approval for much of what Local Governments do, so their role will as be crucial, as their current planning laws enable developers to build and pave over virtually every thing.

Change must come from the people themselves, as most trees and vegetation are being lost from privately owned land, due to urban infill and redevelopment.  Councils can only do so much, street trees and parks will not be enough.  We wont have a leafy city if we don’t stop removing existing trees and start leaving room to plant new ones.  In the past people retained a lot more trees and built around them, these days blocks are completely cleared and leveled.  It seems builders have forgotten how to build on the natural contours of the land?

Greens urban forest plan

Image: Battery Park, New York - Greens Urban Forest Plan

Image: Battery Park, New York – Greens Urban Forest Plan

 

 

 

 

 

Cubert and VITO Remote Sensing introduced compact hyperspectral COSI-cam at EGU 2016

 

“Last week during the the European Geosciences Union – General Assembly 2016 (EGU 2016), Cubert, a German hyperspectral camera manufacturer, and VITO introduced the COSI Cam, a high ground resolution hyperspectral mapper.”

See article published on VITO  by Delaur’e Bavo

ArborCarbon in Perth, Western Australian are  distributors for Cubert in Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

Drones with Multispectral Cameras Bring Efficiency to High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping

An excellent article by BioPhotonics  James Schlett, discussing the applications and challenges associated with UAV/UAS mounted hyperspectral imaging, with valuable input from our partner Igno Breukers at Quest Innovations .

“Drone-supported multispectral imaging can help break the ‘phenotyping bottleneck’ and enable plant breeders to grow the most drought-tolerant, disease-resistant and highest-yielding genetically enhanced crops. However, shortcomings in aerial multispectral imaging technology must be overcome before it can help breeders grow the perfect plant.”

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Information about the Quest Innovation  Hyperea42 4-2016