Since the late seventies, Singapore has begun a tree planting program to help provide visual relief from the expanding structural development. Today the Singapore National Parks Board (NParks) supervises 1.3 million trees located in 300 parks and on more than 2400 of roadsides using a GIS. NParks uses GIS to link attributes to location data, such as trees to parks and to roadways. It can then layer that information to provide a better understanding and visualization of how objects are spatially related. NPark’s GIS, known as the Park Integrated Management System (PRIME), is a custom software application built and hosted on an ESRI ArcGIS Server platform. NParks began using GIS to capture tree locations in early 2000, and currently most of the road way trees and trees in the abutting open spaces have been recorded.
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Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC