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.
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
Figure courtesy of TreeRadar, Inc.