Individuals, communities and municipalities mitigating climate change by carbon smart green space (CO-CARBON)

Public description of the goals at the beginning of the project

Urban green spaces are seen as one potential method to mitigate climate change and its impacts on society. Vegetation and soil store atmospheric carbon, modify local climate and stormwater cycling and impact human well-being. The aim of CO-CARBON is to quantify the carbon storage of green spaces at different urban scales using novel measurements and process-based models at the same time when accounting for other socio-ecological factors, and support practical operations for the multiple planning and management needs of carbon-smart green spaces. The aim is to have carbon-smart green spaces to become a well-recognized part of urban transition at different societal levels. CO-CARBON will bring together atmospheric, soil and social scientists with landscape designers, urban planners, businesses, governmental and national bodies and residents. The project is done at the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Finnish Meteorological Institute and Häme University of Applied Sciences.

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