GIS and GPS to record tree cover in Indian City

GIS and GPS to record tree cover in Indian City

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Ahmedabad, India: Gujarat University in association with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will be mapping the city limits through GIS and GPS to record tree cover in the city. This will be the first-of-its-kind tree census for the city, vice chancellor of Gujarat University (GU), Parimal Trivedi said, adding, “Under the census, the surveyors, constituting of GU students, will undertake a field exercise to locate and identify trees in the city. The exercise will be taken to celebrate the diamond jubilee celebration of GU.”

“The tree census will include girth of trees and details such as height, type, age, condition and species of trees,” added Trivedi. More than 12,000 students and 34 departments of GU will be involved in the exercise which will continue for at least a year. Head of GU’s botany department YD Jasrai said, “The surveyors will use hand-held GPS instrument for locating trees. The reading will be fed into a digitised map of the city.”

“The census will help create a baseline date for the trees. It will also be crucial for keeping a check on diminishing green cover in the city,” he added.

According to experts, the census will help in identifying trees which are most conducive for the climate of the city.

Source: The Times of India