In 2017, RMIT and CAUL Hub researchers published a report called, Where Should All The Trees Go?. This report compared canopy levels, overlaid with urban heat and socio-economic (SEIFA) data, to provided an overall vulnerability indicator. The report took those findings and showed how each state rated in either their vulnerability to losing green space, or their success in creating more green space. 

Here's how SA rated. 

key statistics

2013*

2016

outcomes

Tree Canopy Cover This means the amount of shade that is created by trees. 

21.37%

19.45%

1.92% Loss

Shrub Cover  Landscaped vegetation as well as bushland, shrubs, crops and grapevines.

5.92%

5.23%

0.69% Loss

Grass Cover Cleared road sides, lawns, pastures, sites cleared for development and sporting grounds.

32.08%

32.1%

0.02% Gain

Hard Surface Asphalt, buildings, car parks, footpaths, sandy beaches, train lines, rocky coastlines and water.

40.63%

43.2%

2.57% Increase

On the heat vulnerability index, SA is highly vulnerable

GAINS OR LOSSES OF CANOPY COVER IN SA LGAS BETWEEN 2013 AND 2016

HERE’S HOW COUNCILS WITHIN SA RATE WHEN IT COMES TO VULNERABILITY TO HEAT

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