Jasmine Thom

Jasmine Thom is examining how tree-based infiltration systems can reduce stormwater runoff while supporting growth and transpiration of urban trees.

Our urban forests provide myriad benefits to surrounding populations including the reduction of stormwater runoff by interception of rainfall and microclimate cooling through transpiration.

Yet, trees in urban areas often experience low soil moisture due to decreased infiltration. Using stormwater as a resource for watering our trees can enhance stormwater reduction benefits and help maintain healthy, tree canopies.

My research explores how redirecting stormwater to trees affects their growth and transpiration, and the contribution of tree transpiration to the water balance of tree-based water sensitive urban design (WSUD).

My research highlights important considerations for designing tree-based WSUD systems, such as species selection and drainage.

Quantifying the response of trees to stormwater resources, and their contribution to the water balance of WSUD systems will support selection of tree species and WSUD design combinations for different contexts.

This has implications for stormwater and urban forest management, and for promoting more liveable cities.

Contact

jthom@student.unimelb.edu.au

Research Interests

Urban climate, water sensitive urban design, tree physiology, tree water use, ecosystem services, environmental economics

Supervisors

A/Prof Stephen Livesley, Dr Chris Szota and Prof Tim Fletcher

Publications

Thom, J.K., Coutts, A.M., Broadbent, A.M., & Tapper, N.J. (2016). The influence of strategic street tree placement on mean radiant temperature across a mixed development suburb in Adelaide, Australia. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 20, 233-242. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2016.08.016.

Coutts, A.M., Moore, C.E., Thom, J.K., Tapper, N.J., & White, E.C. (2016). Radiative and advective influences on cooling from an isolated tree in the dead centre of the city. International Journal of Biometeorology (in preparation)

Thom, J.K. & Coutts, A.M. (2016) Economic valuation of street trees. Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Monash University.

Coutts, A. M., Thom, J.K., & Broadbent, A. M. (2016). Marrickville cool pavement trial. Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Monash University.

Coutts, A.M., Loughnan, Tapper, N.J., White, E.C., Thom, J.K., M Broadbent, A.M. & Harris, R. (2014). Impacts of water sensitive urban design solutions on human thermal comfort, Green cities and microclimate. Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Monash University.

Education

2015-2015 Bachelor of Science (Honours), Monash University. Thesis in Physical Geography: “An environmental and economic analysis of ecosystem service provision by street trees in the City of Monash”

2011-2014 Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and Science (Geography), Monash University