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David Nowak

Urban Forests, Human Health, and Environmental Quality
Project Leader / Research Forester
c/o SUNY ESF, 5 Moon Library
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-448-3212


Current Research

The goal of my research program is to investigate what makes up the vegetation in cities and town and what environmental or ecosystem services this vegetation provides to local and regional populations. The research initiates field studies and develops computer models to assess the urban forest structure, functions, and values for urban areas across the globe. One of the research goals is to integrate urban forest ecosystem services (e.g., air quality improvement) within various environmental regulations (e.g., Clean Air Act). Tools are also being developed to aid in management and planning decisions to sustain urban forest health and services. Long-term monitoring programs are investigating how and why urban forest change through time so better management plans can be developed to sustain this important resource. Specific research projects include:

  • Assessments of changes in urbanization and urban forest structure and functions nationally
  • Local assessments of urban forest structure and functions: air pollution removal; carbon storage and sequestration; biogenic emissions; building of energy conservation; water flows and water quality
  • Effects of urban forests on air and water quality
  • Long-term monitoring of urban vegetation locally and nationally (proposed Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis Program)
  • Development of UFORE model?computer model to assess urban forest structure, function, and value
  • Functional species selection program

Research Interests

Future research will continue to focus on urban forest change, structure, functions, and modeling of ecosystem services.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. ,
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, MS ,
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, BS ,

Professional Organizations

  • Air and Waste Management Association
  • American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • International Society of Arboriculture
  • Society of American Foresters

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

National Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


NRS-2013-036
Carbon Sequestration by Urban Trees Valued in the Billions of Dollars Annually

Forest Service scientists quantified carbon storage and sequestration by urban trees in the United States to assess the magnitude and role of ur ...

2013


NRS-2012-28
Nature Dominates in City Tree Regeneration

Assessment of tree planting and natural regeneration in cities reveals that most trees in cities are not planted

2012


NRS-2012-42
U.S. Urban Tree Cover Declining

Analysis of aerial images reveals that U.S. urban areas are losing about 20,000 acres of tree cover per year

2012


NRS-2010-021
Urban and Community Forest Summaries for the Lower 48 States

NRS scientist David Nowak and others have recently published several important summaries of tree and forest information.

2010


Last updated on : 09/29/2014