Poster: Innovations in Geographic Information System for Urban Resilience Planning

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Greener, more livable cities bring economic development, new residents and businesses, recreation opportunities for a healthy and active population, a healthier living environment, and myriad other benefits. The Trust for Public Land is working with cities across the country to develop detailed GIS and planning strategies to demonstrate how strategic green space planning contributes to a resilient city and provides many critical benefits beyond recreation opportunities.

Learn how The Trust for Public Land is applying Geographic Information Systems technologies for multi-benefit green infrastructure aimed at the following resilience outcomes:

Connect: Link walk-bike corridors and public transit lines into integrated networks that provide residents with safe, accessible, and carbon-efficient transportation options.

Cool: Deploy shade trees and specially-designed features like green alleys to reduce the “heat island effect” that elevates urban air temperatures by as much as 5-7 seven degrees during the day and 22 degrees at night.

Absorb: Utilize wetlands, “water smart” parks, and other green infrastructure to recharge urban aquifers and naturally manage stormwater runoff with lower carbon emissions from treatment.

Protect: Create scientifically-sited and designed green buffers, such as waterfront parks and wetlands, to protect cities from sea level rise, coastal storms, and extreme rainfall events. 

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Holly Elwell , AICP , The Trust for Public Land , Boston , MA (see bio)
Christopher David , The Trust for Public Land , Washington , DC (see bio)