Study: Urban Green Spaces Make Citizens Happier

A new study, conducted by researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, finds that with the economic development of a city, the happiness of its citizens becomes directly related to the amount of urban green spaces.Study Urban Green Spaces Make Citizens Happier

For their research, scientists used data collected by Sentinel-2, a high-resolution satellite, operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) to examine 90 green spaces from 60 countries of the world. The analysis showed that citizen happiness correlated with the area of urban green space, regardless of the overall country’s economic state.

Professor Meeyoung Cha, the author of the study, of the School of Computing, comments: “There has recently been an increase in the number of studies using big data from satellite images to solve social conundrums. The tool developed for this investigation can also be used to quantify the area of aquatic environments like lakes and the seaside, and it will now be possible to analyze the relationship between citizen happiness and aquatic environments in future studies.”

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