Using Plants to Improve Air Quality in Leipzig, Germany

Street level pollution is a serious health problem in cities. Leipzig, Germany, is experiencing a movement of its urban population to the suburban ring around the city. Consequent increases in commuter traffic mean that the net amount of emissions in the city will increase over the next 10-20 years. This project sought ways to ameliorate these effects.
This project involved a GIS analysis of Leipzig’s open and derelict land network for the suitability of two predetermined treatment types: street tree planting (for the prevention of ozone creation) and fresh air corridor creation (for the flushing out of primary automobile emissions). The final recommendation was a combination treatment (both tree planting and open space corridor development) based on land use suitability for the largest reduction in both primary and secondary air pollution levels in main transportation corridors.

  • English Title : Using Plants to Improve Air Quality in Leipzig, Germany
  • University : Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, DE
  • Project was done for Course Unit : GIS for Landscape Architects ( GIS for Landscape Architects )
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  • Academic Year : 2007 / 08
  • City : Leipzig
  • Project Language : English
  • Supervisor : Prof. Erich Buhmann, Matthias Pietsch
  • Location of project : Germany