Recent advances in tree root mapping and assessment using non-destructive testing methods: a focus on ground penetrating radar

Alani, Amir and Lantini, Livia ORCID: (2019) Recent advances in tree root mapping and assessment using non-destructive testing methods: a focus on ground penetrating radar. Surveys in Geophysics, 41. pp. 605-646. ISSN 0169-3298

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This paper provides an overview of the existing literature on the subject of assessment and monitoring of tree roots and their interaction with the soil. An overview of tree root systems architecture is given, and the main issues in terms of health and stability of trees, as well as the impact of trees on the built environment, are discussed. An overview of the main destructive and non-destructive testing (NDT) methods is therefore given. The paper also highlights the lack of available research based outputs in the field of tree roots and soil interaction, as well as of the interconnectivity of tree roots with one another. Additionally, the effectiveness of non-destructive methods is demonstrated, in particular ground penetrating radar, in mapping tree root configurations and their interconnectivity. Furthermore, the paper references recent developments in estimating tree root mass density and health.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1007/s10712-019-09548-6
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Surveys in Geophysics. The final authenticated version is available online at:
Keywords: assessment of tree roots; destructive testing methods; non-destructive testing methods; ground penetrating radar (GPR); tree root interconnectivity; tree root mass density
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Civil and environmental engineering
Construction and engineering > Electrical and electronic engineering
Construction and engineering
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Depositing User: Fabio Tosti
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 10:46
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:00


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