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The Campus Tree Radar Unit (TRUTM)

 

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The UMD campus tree inventory employs a non-invasive analyses of tree trunk structure, root health and risk obtained using a recent application of ground penetrating radar. The Tree Radar Unit (TRUTM) is a unique tree evaluation tool that used to determine internal trunk structure and rooting patterns without the drilling or digging associated with conventional methods. The University of Maryland is the first university campus to use this technology and conduct the tree equivalent to an "MRI" on "at risk" and/or significant trees.

The TRUTM tree evaluation system is used to support the overall tree database which uses classical arboricultural surveying and urban tree risk assessment methods with all inventory and management information being referenced within a Geographic Information System.

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Figure courtesy of TreeRadar, Inc.








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