The project will collect and review existing research on the physical benefits of urban trees, and identify what is and what is not known about them and how to remedy this, culminating in a web resource for researchers, practitioners and the general public.
Funded by the research and promotion charity Fund4Trees it will be carried out by Dr Mohammad Rahmanand and supervised by Professor Roland Ennos, both of the University of Manchester.
Explaining the impetus for the project, Ennos said: "A huge amount of thought and energy goes into research, but all too often the results simply don't get through to the people who really need it – the practitioners.
"We aim to review the literature and let people know clearly and concisely what is known, and perhaps even more importantly, what is not known about the physical benefits of urban trees. This will also help researchers focus on important problems rather than repeating work that has already been done."
Chair of the Fund4Trees Research Advisory Committee Dr Gabriel Hemery added: "The identification of knowledge gaps is much-needed, and these will help steer our own support for urban tree research in future as much as it will that of the wider research community."