Trees and urban forests provide important services in cities around the world but grow in stressful environments that exacerbate drought stress. Management before, during, and after a drought event can improve tree and forest resilience, but many regions and cities lack robust information and communication pathways to provide early warning and targeted intervention recommendations.
The goal of this project is to strengthen drought and climate resilience in urban forests by extending existing drought monitoring and early warning systems to urban settings. The project team will leverage strong existing collaborations among scientists, practitioners, and decision-makers in the Chicago region and analyze historical and new real-time data streams to improve our understanding of drought impacts on urban trees and forests. This project will produce science-based, multi-tiered action strategies for improving drought resilience in the near term and future climate adaptation using methods and frameworks that will be extensible to other cities.
This research was funded by NIDIS through the FY 2022 Coping with Drought Competition – Ecological Drought. For more information, please contact Britt Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org).