Exploring Urban Agroforestry as Multifunctional Green Infrastructure in Atlanta, Georgia

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Flooding, increasingly less isolated to riverine or coastal cities, has become an increasingly daunting challenge for urban areas in recent years. Additionally, residents in economically distressed areas face food insecurity because of a lack of access to fresh, nutritious produce or similar groceries. While superficially unrelated, both flooding and food insecurity pose critical threats to the stability and wellbeing of urban communities. For city planners and policy makers alike, these “wicked problems” require an equally wicked, novel solution in the form of urban agroforestry (UAF). UAF has recently emerged as a unique tool for tackling these urban problems while serving as a bridge between food systems and hazard mitigation planning. Integrating “working trees” into existing green infrastructure or developing new sites with forms of edible green infrastructure can become a crucial step in creating multifunctional landscapes in urban environments. This paper explores agroforestry as a novel, multifunctional green infrastructure solution in urban environments by determining the stormwater absorption, filtering, and interception capacities of different agroforestry practices, assessing their food production potential, and then identifying suitable sites for pilot projects through Atlanta, Georgia.
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