Tree canopy cover change from 2011, 2016, and 2021

July 13th, 2023

The Lab has worked with Urban Monitor  and partners to generate high-resolution (20 cm) maps of Darwin’s tree canopy cover for 2011, 2016, and 2021.  This information is useful for investigating spatial and temporal patterns of forest cover gains and losses in private and public land and the impacts of extreme weather events.   

In the City of Darwin local government area, tree canopy cover increased by 176 hectares or around 4.6% from 2011 to 2016 and then dropped by over 1,300 hectares or 33% from 2016 to 2021, largely due to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Marcus in March 2018.

The following link contains an interactive story map to explore changes in tree canopy cover across Darwin.