Rapid Assessment of Tree Debris Following Urban Forest Ice Storms

  • Author(s): Hauer, Richard J.; Hauer, Angela J.; Hartel, Dudley R.; Johnson, Jill R.
  • Date: 2011
  • Source: Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 37(5):236–246

Abstract

This paper presents a rapid assessment method to estimate urban tree debris following an ice storm. Data were collected from 60 communities to quantify tree debris volumes, mostly from public rights-of-way, following ice storms based on community infrastructure, weather parameters, and urban forest structure. Ice thickness, area of a community, and street distance are significant predictors for estimating debris from ice storms. Results from this study provide a way to estimate woody debris volumes from urban trees immediately following an ice storm. The model can also be used to predict debris volumes for storm preparedness planning.

  • Citation: Hauer, Richard J.; Hauer, Angela J.; Hartel, Dudley R.; Johnson, Jill R. 2011. Rapid Assessment of Tree Debris Following Urban Forest Ice Storms. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 37(5):236–246.

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