The Urban Forests Division is researching the implementation, management, and functional enhancement of forest-based spaces in terms of efficient use of forest resources to improve the quality of life of the people. We strive to quantitatively evaluate the environmental improvement effects of urban forests, such as fine dust and heatwave reduction, discover the intangible values of urban forests such as health promotion and emotional stability, and conduct value enhancement research. In addition, we are striving to develop forest water management technologies for a sustainable clean water supply and a safe forest water environment.
To develop technologies for maintaining and promoting healthy urban ecosystems and urban biodiversity, we are conducting research on long-term vegetation change monitoring and database construction of urban forests, analysis of environmental improvement effects, and quantification methods for various ecosystem service functions of urban forests.
Evaluation of ecosystem services of urban forests
Detailed vegetation map of urban forests
Monitoring on long-term vegetation changes of urban forests and urban biodiversity
To improve the environmental functions of urban forests, we are investigating Particulate Matter (PM) reduction mechanisms by species, selecting excellent tree species of PM reduction, and conducting an evaluation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emission traits in species units along with environmental resistance to air pollutants (PM, ozone, and nitrogen dioxide, etc.).
Selection for excellent tree species of PM reduction
Research on tree resistance to air pollutants
Evaluation of VOCs emission
To develop the implementation and management technologies of urban forests for enhancing the quality of life of people from social disasters such as fine dust and heatwaves, we are conducting research on the effects of fine dust reduction and thermal disaster mitigation according to urban forest type and its application at the landscape level.
Fine dust reduction effect of urban forests
Thermal disaster mitigation effect of urban forests
Implementation and management of urban forests
Based on the research platform (aican.nifos.go.kr) which observes, evaluates and shares the value of urban forests against fine dust and heatwaves, we provide fine dust reduction effects through urban forests and peri-urban forests and apply advanced smart technology of urban green infrastructure on developing Korean i-Tree evaluation model.
AICAN(Asian Initiative for Clean Air Networks
Providing walking trails with good air quality
Developing evaluation module of Urban Forests value in Korea
In order to secure sustainable clean water and create a healthy forest water environment in response to climate change and water scarcity, we focus on water resource retention, water quality conservation, stream drying reduction and non-point source pollution management in forest watersheds.
Long term monitoring on forest water quantity and quality
Forest thinning site for forest water resources retention enhancement
Non point source pollution monitoring on disturbed forest land
In order to establish smart water information infrastructure through the convergence of big data related to forest water resources, we are conducting research on the advancement of intelligent forest water map, the establishment of forest water management platform and reinforcement of disaster safety response capabilities, including forecasting and recovery system on flash flood in forest watershed.
Structure of AI model in forest water map
Forest water map
Flash flood monitoring in forest watershed