SUSTAINABLE PLANTING OF TREES IN SUBURBAN ENVIRONMENTS ON SHRINKABLE CLAYS

Grant number: LP160100649 | Funding period: 2016 - 2019

Completed

Abstract

This project aims to develop a rational and reliable model to reduce the risk of damage to structures and increase tree plantings in suburban environments. Trees are vital to urban environmental sustainability, but local government, house-owners, engineers and the building industry are concerned about building damage and settlement from tree root drying. If tree water needs and patterns of moisture extraction were predictable, house footings could be designed reliably. This research will provide such understanding through field experiments on suburban sites with trees, investigating damaged structures and numerical modelling. An anticipated outcome of this research is to develop a rational a..

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