Enhancing Resiliency in Baltimore's Urban Forest (2015)

Client Organization: 
City of Baltimore, Office of Sustainability
Client is confirmed: 
Project Location : 
Baltimore, MD
Secondary Client Organization: 
City of Baltimore, Forestry Division
Summary of Project Idea: 

The City of Baltimore, as part of their climate adaptation strategy, has pledged to double their tree canopy over the next 20 years in the hopes of mitigating a variety of climatic hazards that are projected to worsen in the future, including sea-level rise, increased precipitation and extreme heat events. To help the City of Baltimore successfully and sustainably expand their resilient urban forest, we have completed an analysis of other city's management policies to determine best practice and identified precedents where necessary for Baltimore's future climate for planning purposes. The major deliverable of this project is the creation of a spatial decision support system to inform species-specific tree planting based on a variety of projected climatic variables, hazard potential (including heat risk, flooding potential and wind vulnerability), and existing site conditions. 

Secondary Client Confirmed: 
SEAS Program Areas: 
Conservation Ecology (Aquatic Sciences, Terrestrial Ecosystems, and Conservation Biology)
Environmental Policy and Planning
Behavior, Education, and Communication
Environmental Informatics
Contact full name: 
Kristin Baja
Job title: 
Climate and Resilience Planner
State or Country: 
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Dan Brown
Contact Phone: 
Contact information: 
SNRE alum
U-M faculty member
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Wing Sze Poon, MS Conservation Ecology
  • Kristiane Huber, MPP/MS Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Becca Robinson, MS Environmental Informatics
  • Dania Gutierrez, MS Behavior, Education and Communication
Project Status: 
Past Project