OpenTreeMap is a web application built by Azavea to monitor, analyze, and sustain the health of our urban forests. OTM makes it easy to use crowdsourcing and engage volunteers to inventory and maintain all the trees that make up an urban forest. With the information obtained, cities are able to calculate ecosystem benefits such as CO2 sequestration and storm water runoff reduction. The data collected is displayed in a user friendly interface that utilizes geospatial technology to show the overall health and benefits of urban forests. Designers and planners can utilize technologies like OpenTreeMap to help drive decisions to create better communities.
Open Source Applications are the future of Philly. By creating more accessible, open tools like OTM, we can put information in the hands of both citizens and decision makers to create a more vibrant, sustainable Philadelphia.