Journal article

The Benefits and Limits of Urban Tree Planting for Environmental and Human Health

Diane E Pataki, Marina Alberti, Mary L Cadenasso, Alexander J Felson, Mark J McDonnell, Stephanie Pincetl, Richard V Pouyat, Heikki Setälä, Thomas H Whitlow

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution | Frontiers Media SA | Published : 2021


Many of the world’s major cities have implemented tree planting programs based on assumed environmental and social benefits of urban forests. Recent studies have increasingly tested these assumptions and provide empirical evidence for the contributions of tree planting programs, as well as their feasibility and limits, for solving or mitigating urban environmental and social issues. We propose that current evidence supports local cooling, stormwater absorption, and health benefits of urban trees for local residents. However, the potential for urban trees to appreciably mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution over a wide array of sites and environmental conditions is limited. Cons..

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Awarded by National Science Foundation

Awarded by Academy of Finland

Funding Acknowledgements

DP was supported by National Science Foundation grant CNH 1924288 and the Fulbright Global Scholar program. HS was supported by the Academy of Finland grant 315987.