Dublin’s Tree Canopy Study

University College Dublin is undertaking a research study of the Tree Canopy of County Dublin on behalf of the four Dublin Local Authorities and the Office of Public Works.

The research objective is to map and analyse Dublin’s Tree Canopy.

The assessment will help Dublin’s local authorities and the Office of Public Works evaluate their urban forest resources, particularly the amount of tree canopy that currently exists and the amount that could exist. The information from the assessment will also assist in prioritizing locations for tree planting efforts and establish urban forestry plans. Similar studies have been undertaken in Seattle, Toronto and London.

Senior Executive Landscape Architect at Dublin City Council, Kieran O’Neill commented “Mapping will be accomplished by remote sensing while the research analysis will examine coverage based on land use, key areas with a deficit of tree canopy and the potential environmental services delivered by trees, such as air quality and carbon storage.  These factors will be compared with other cities to determine how Dublin fares at an international level”.

“Improving the city’s Tree Canopy can have numerous benefits. Trees help keep the air clean and free from pollution, removing greenhouse gases from our atmosphere and acting as a natural air conditioner. Along with my counterparts in our neighbouring Councils and the Office of Public Works I look forward to assessing the results of this important environmental indicator which will be used for decision making on greening targets for Dublin city and county” he said.

The study commenced in July 2015 and will run for seven months.

The Dublin Tree Canopy Study Proposal can be viewed at



For further information contact:

Kieran O’Neill, Senior Executive Landscape Architect, Dublin City Council kieran.oneill@dublincity.ie


Dr. Gerald Mills, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin gerald.mills@ucd.ie


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