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This algorithm finds the greenest cities in the world

by Futures Centre, Oct 18
1 minute read

An algorithm created by MIT’s Senseable City Lab scans Google Street View images to works out how green a city is from a human point of view.

This algorithm has found the greenest city in the world

Forget counting parks – a database of urban greenery ranks cities based on how leafy they look to residents. Researchers are already using satellite imagery to estimate the number of trees in cities, but Newsha Ghaeli, a research associate at MIT’s Senseable City Lab, wanted to analyse residents’ perspectives.


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