Tree Canopy Lab in Los Angeles
For Google’s The Keyword blog, Alicia Cormie wrote about how Los Angeles’ first-ever City Forest Officer Rachel Malarich is using the company’s Tree Canopy Lab to decide where to plant trees. Tree Canopy Lab uses satellite imagery to automatically map a city’s tree cover density in different areas, which Cormie uses to find the communities most in need of more trees. Trees in cities are awesome: they improve air quality and reduce the effects of extreme climate change-induced heat. Plant more trees in cities! It’s great to see an ML-powered project being used to help with this.