Tree roots mapping

Tree roots mapping

Non-destructive techniques for examining and analyzing roots have become increasingly popular in recent years, owing to their ability to provide insights on the structure of tree roots without inflicting damage to the tree. The use of these techniques allows for undisturbed growth and ongoing observation of tree roots, enabling long-term monitoring of their systems. 

GPR technology is applied in the identification and depiction of roots, along with determining the amount and thickness of root biomass. The GPR has demonstrated remarkable promise owing to its accuracy and accessibility.

What problems can arise due to the presence of tree roots?

  • Trees have the potential to cause harm to buildings and other structures. Structures can be uplifted and damaged through direct contact with tree roots, as they grow and exert pressure.
  • Root growth often poses a common problem for underground services, particularly sewers, causing obstructions and damage. Typically, this type of harm is found in older infrastructure where the use of materials like bricks or concrete, which are prone to deterioration over time, was widespread.
  • Damage to road infrastructures
  • Gaining insights into the internal composition of trees, specifically regarding defects and the architecture of their root systems.

    The correct upkeep of the ecosystem and preservation of the overall climate conditions are closely tied to the appropriate handling, monitoring, and safeguarding of forests. It is well-known that insects and diseases pose a significant risk to the well-being of trees and could potentially cause certain tree species to become extinct.

Advantages of mapping tree roots with GPR over other methods:

  • The ability to quickly scan the root systems of big trees in real-life environments.
  • The non-invasive method does not disrupt the soil or harm the trees being studied.
  • Multiple measurements can be taken over time to understand the long-term development of the root system.
  • GPR technology allows for the observation of root distribution beneath solid surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, and buildings.
  • GPR technology has accuracy to detect even small structural roots with diameters as small as 1 cm.

Data example of tree root mapping

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