In this study, a demonstration of the ground penetrating radar (GPR) potential in the health monitoring of a matured tree has been given. The main objectives of the research were to provide an effective mapping of the tree roots as well as reliable simulation scenarios representing a variety of possible internal defects in terms of shape and formation. To these purposes, the soil around a 70-year-old fir tree, with a trunk circumference of 3.40 m and an average radius of 0.55 m, was investigated. A ground-coupled multi-frequency GPR system equipped with 600 MHz and 1600 MHz central frequency antennas was used for testing purposes. In addition to the above objective, finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations of the electromagnetic field propagation through the cross-section of a trunk (consistent with the investigated fir tree) were carried out. A variety of defects representing cavities created due to decay were also simulated. The results from the simulations proved significant potential for the interpretation of complex decay phenomena within the trunk.

Amir, M.A., Bianchini Ciampoli, L., Tosti, F., Brancadoro, M.G., Pirrone, D., Benedetto, A. (2019). Health monitoring of a matured tree using ground penetrating radar - Investigation of the tree root system and soil interaction. In IMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2017 (pp.223-227). International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO).

Health monitoring of a matured tree using ground penetrating radar - Investigation of the tree root system and soil interaction

Bianchini Ciampoli L.;Tosti F.;Benedetto A.
2019

Abstract

In this study, a demonstration of the ground penetrating radar (GPR) potential in the health monitoring of a matured tree has been given. The main objectives of the research were to provide an effective mapping of the tree roots as well as reliable simulation scenarios representing a variety of possible internal defects in terms of shape and formation. To these purposes, the soil around a 70-year-old fir tree, with a trunk circumference of 3.40 m and an average radius of 0.55 m, was investigated. A ground-coupled multi-frequency GPR system equipped with 600 MHz and 1600 MHz central frequency antennas was used for testing purposes. In addition to the above objective, finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations of the electromagnetic field propagation through the cross-section of a trunk (consistent with the investigated fir tree) were carried out. A variety of defects representing cavities created due to decay were also simulated. The results from the simulations proved significant potential for the interpretation of complex decay phenomena within the trunk.
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Amir, M.A., Bianchini Ciampoli, L., Tosti, F., Brancadoro, M.G., Pirrone, D., Benedetto, A. (2019). Health monitoring of a matured tree using ground penetrating radar - Investigation of the tree root system and soil interaction. In IMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2017 (pp.223-227). International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO).
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