Google launches new tool to help cities stay cool – Justine Calma

Google debuted a new tool called Tree Canopy Lab in an effort to keep cities like Los Angeles cool by helping them plant more trees.
Google debuted a new tool called Tree Canopy Lab in an effort to keep cities like Los Angeles cool by helping them plant more trees. | Image: Google

Google unveiled a tool today that could help cities keep their residents cool by mapping out where trees are needed most. Cities tend to be warmer than surrounding areas because buildings and asphalt trap heat. An easy way to cool metropolitan areas down is to plant more trees in neighborhoods where they’re sparse.

Google’s new Tree Canopy Lab uses aerial imagery and Google’s AI to figure out where every tree is in a city. Tree Canopy Lab puts that information on an interactive map along with additional data on which neighborhoods are more densely populated and are more vulnerable to high temperatures. The hope is that planting new trees in…

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