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"Innovative approaches to the diagnosis, monitoring and sustainable management of urban forests" by Dr Paul Barber

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Maintenance of the cover and condition of our urban forests is becoming increasingly important as pressure grows to house expanding populations whilst maintaining a high quality of life. Traditional approaches to arboriculture and urban forestry include wide-scale deployment of arborists for the fieldbased collection of tree and forest attributes. Governments have limited budgets for the deployment of large teams of arborists, and there is an increasing need to have rapid access to large amounts of quantitative data. In addition, arborists often have limited training in the accurate diagnosis of tree health disorders and this is even challenging at times for highly qualified forest pathologists.

With changes in climate, increases in the frequency of extreme weather events, and global movement of pests and diseases, urban trees are under increasing stress. Early detection of stress, accurate and repeatable measures of tree cover and condition, and the implementation of novel treatments/methods for their control is essential if we are to maintain canopy in a sustainable manner. This paper will outline a decade of projects and case-studies where innovative approaches have been adopted to improve urban forest management. A particular focus will be placed on remote sensing technologies.

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Paul Barber is the founding and Managing Director of ArborCarbon Pty Ltd, an environmental consultancy based in Perth, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Murdoch University in Australia. He is also the Director of Technology and Innovation of ArborFlight Ltd, a company providing expertise on vegetation management throughout Europe and UK.

Paul is one of the leading urban tree greening experts in Australia and has expertise in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including remote sensing, forest pathology, fungal taxonomy, arboriculture and urban forestry. His research focuses broadly on the diagnosis, monitoring and sustainable management of urban, plantation, crop, and native vegetation health. Paul has undertaken a diverse range of research and consultancy projects on most continents. He has served as an International Expert on Forest Health for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and has been a board member of the NFP group Trillion Trees since 2014. In 2017, he was appointed to be a member of the Urban Forest Advisory Panel of Development Bureau by the Hong Kong SAR Government. In the same year, he became a member of the Management Committee of the ARC ITTC Training Centre for CubeSat's, UAV's and Their Applications based at the University of Sydney.

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