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Braegelmann, Hannah Kit Kraynick, 2023. Can urban tree re-inventories inform future species selection? : diameter at breast height as an indicator for tree performance in Malmö municipality’s tree database. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)



Using the inventory database of trees for Malmö municipality, Sweden, this study explored the
potential of using the diameter at breast height (DBH) measurement in re-inventories, as a
decision-making tool for species selection and management in urban forests. With the
escalating pressures of urbanization and unpredictable climate change effects, there is an urgent
need for urban forest managers to possess reliable tools that can facilitate the selection of
resilient tree species capable of thriving in diverse and changing urban contexts. A series of
discussion graphs were used in this study’s analysis to effectively illustrate the relationship
between DBH, growth rates, and the provision of ecosystem services. DBH, acknowledged as
a significant inventory parameter, was found to be an effective proxy for crown diameter,
which serves as a vital indicator of the extent of ecosystem services provided by urban forests.
The study found species-dependent differences in relative performance, as indicated by growth
rate, across various planting environments and groundcover types. One method of categorizing
trees into age groups was explored to assess any age-dependent performance differences.
However, the analysis revealed little variation within species between the selected age groups.
Future research could adopt more sophisticated analyses, focusing specifically on speciesspecific
growth curves and performance in younger trees. This study demonstrates that DBH
measurements are a valuable tool for guiding species selection. Continued study of this data
can help urban tree managers make informed decisions about species likely to perform well in
the future. Specifically, understanding species performance in more restrictive environments,
such as hardscapes or street environments, can provide predictive insights into species'
resilience in increasingly challenging conditions induced by climate change. It is strongly
recommended that future re-inventory efforts continue to prioritize the inclusion of DBH
measurements in re-inventories to increase the available data for analysis. The continuous
incorporation of this parameter will yield a more comprehensive understanding of tree
populations, ultimately enabling informed decision-making and facilitating the formulation of
effective management strategies for urban forests in the future.

Main title:Can urban tree re-inventories inform future species selection?
Subtitle:diameter at breast height as an indicator for tree performance in Malmö municipality’s tree database
Authors:Braegelmann, Hannah Kit Kraynick
Supervisor:Wiström, Björn
Examiner:Emilsson, Tobias and Chojnowski, Kamil
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2023
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM006 Landscape Architecture 120 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Keywords:DBH,, diameter at breast height, tree inventories, tree re-inventories, urban forestry, species selection, tree management
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