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Trees in the City: Urban Tree Cover Dynamics in the District of Columbia

Andrew Johnston, Geographer, National Air and Space Museum Center for Earth and Planetary Studies

Impervious Surface Cover: Full Graph of DC and Baltimore

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Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series
Saturday, January 5, 2013
5:15 pm to 6:45 pm
Albert Einstein Planetarium
Museum in Washington, DC

  • 4:00-5:00 pm Discovery Station
  • 5:15-6:45 pm Lecture and Q&A
  • 6:30-8:30 pm Observatory Open

Tree cover is an important element of the urban environments that play an increasingly larger role in ecosystem processes. Urban forests change as trees grow, die, and are replaced. Learn how satellite data is used to make reliable observations about urban tree cover variability and why it matters to urban residents, and explore how these same data are used to map changes in tree cover within the District of Columbia from 1984-2004.

Smithsonian's Stars lectures are suitable for ages 13 and up.

The Smithsonian's Stars Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from NASA.

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