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dc.contributor.advisorChristopherson, Gary
dc.contributor.authorBoyer, Jessica Caitlin
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-23T16:18:02Z
dc.date.available2021-08-23T16:18:02Z
dc.date.issued2021-08-20
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/661333
dc.description.abstractUrban tree canopy provides essential ecosystem services to cities, from improving human wellbeing and health to reducing the urban heat island effect. However, previous studies have shown that tree canopy is often inequitably distributed. In 2019, Tucson was named the 3rd fastest-warming city in the United States. In response, the city government implemented the Tucson Million Trees initiative to help mitigate rising temperatures in the desert city. In an effort to make tree canopy more equitable, this study intends to determine what factors contribute to tree inequity in Tucson so that these factors can be considered in decision-making for tree-planting locations. Using existing data from the Pima Association of Governments, average tree canopy in each census block group was determined. This tree canopy data was tested against 26 variables commonly associated with tree inequity using exploratory regression. Regression analysis identified a seven-variable model with positive correlations between average tree canopy and population density, median household income, percent population with a bachelor’s degree, percent rental households, white population, and vacant households. The model showed negative correlations between tree canopy and percent population living alone. We hope that the results of this study can guide decision makers within the Tucson city government to prioritize block groups using the variables identified as predictors of tree canopy.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
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dc.subjectTree Canopyen_US
dc.subjectSpatial regressionen_US
dc.subjectGlobal warmingen_US
dc.subjectTree equityen_US
dc.subjectClimate vulnerabilityen_US
dc.titleTackling Tree Equity: Social and Economic Predictors of Urban Tree Canopy in Tucson, AZen_US
dc.typeElectronic Reporten_US
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thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGeographic Information Systems Technologyen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item is part of the MS-GIST Master's Reports collection. For more information about items in this collection, please contact the UA Campus Repository at repository@u.library.arizona.edu.en_US
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