Professor Ted Endreny and his PhD students Tom Taggart and Emily Stephan are giving a free webinar on using iTree Hydro for simulating Green Infrastructure this June 27 from 2:30 to 4 pm EDT.  Justin Kenney, the Vermont Green Infrastructure Coordinator who arranged this webinar, wrote this about the event: “i-Tree Hydro is a stand alone application designed to simulate the effects of changes in tree and impervious cover characteristics within a defined watershed on stream flow and water quality. It was designed specifically to handle urban vegetation effects so urban natural resource managers and urban planners can quantify the impacts of changes in tree and impervious cover on local hydrology to aid in management and planning decisions. Researchers at the State University of New York in Syracuse are using i-Tree Hydro to model the hydrologic impacts (water quality and quantity) of green infrastructure. Green infrastructure includes a variety of methods such as rain gardens, bioretention basins, and green roofs used to capture, infiltrate, and transpire rainfall and runoff. Using predominantly natural processes, green infrastructure can clean water, restore soils, landscapes, and receiving water, improve air temperature and quality, and fortify and sustain our economy.”

Images of various Green Infrastructure techniques.

Images of various Green Infrastructure techniques.

In 2010 Endreny, with the NYS DEC Green Infrastructure program and ESF Outreach, and funding from the USDA Forest Service, created an initial demo on how iTree Hydro can simulate Green Infrastructure. ESF student Kelly Metz performed much of this work, and it is now available as a iTree Hydro GI demo on the web.  ESF student Colin Bell was also involved in that research and developed the Green Infrastructure Calculator.

iTree Hydro is part of the iTree toolkit developed in partnership with the USDA Forest Service.

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