Post-catastrophe imagery and AI-derived property damage and condition data unite to help insurers process customer claims more efficiently.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 702 heat-related deaths occurred in the U.S. annually between 2004-2018. Urban heat islands can also create issues such as higher daytime temperatures, reduced nighttime cooling, poor air and water quality, and increased demand for energy resources that can result in rolling blackouts.
With residents becoming increasingly worried that urban heat islands are raising temperatures nationwide, the need for greener spaces to create more livable communities is increasingly important.
The Nearmap Artificial Intelligence (AI) team recently analyzed tree canopy coverage nationwide to determine America’s Top 25 Leafiest Capital Cities. Compiled through its proprietary aerial imagery technology — and coupled with location data from its Nearmap AI platform — this is the first and only research of its kind in the U.S. using a high-resolution data set to compare total residential tree coverage across capital cities for insurers, commercial construction companies. and governments. How green is your city?
Informing the development of America’s Top 25 Leafiest Capital Cities required Nearmap to pull historical and current tree canopy high-resolution aerial imagery on residential areas covering more than 275 million inhabitants. We then harnessed Nearmap AI machine-learning capabilities to identify and analyze residential tree cover density and changes in capital cities throughout the United States.
The report identified the top 25 leafiest capital cities and their percentage of total residential tree coverage, with the top five being: