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The authors measured canopy change in two cities — one fast growing, and the other subject to major disinvestment. They concluded that although canopy cover over time remained stable, distribution of trees varied greatly. While multi-decade change in aggregate is undetectable at the scale of a city, there seems to be substantial shifts in the spatial arrangement of the tree canopy.

Krista Merry, Jacek Siry, Pete Bettinger, J.M. Bowker

Urban tree cover change in Detroit and Atlanta, USA, 1951–2010, Cities 41 (2014) 123–131

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