Symphony of the Forest: Trees & Soundscape

What is a soundscape? When recalling an enjoyable walk in nature, what do you think of? The trees, the sunshine, flowers, a lakeside view? Or perhaps you think of birds singing, leaves rustling in the wind, a babbling brook, or a peaceful quiet? When studying landscapes and their quality as a habitat or a recreational […]

Using artificial intelligence to detect invasive shrub species

Invasion by non-native plant species is a primary concern in forest ecosystem health and biodiversity. Despite extensive research on invasive species, fundamental questions remain on how to quantify the distribution of their populations accurately. Remotely sensed imagery at low altitudes during distinct phenological states can detect the spatial organization of understory invasive shrub species (fig. […]

The Slow Storm

Tree Mortality in Connecticut: Spring of 2018 In the spring and early summer of this year, it became apparent that many trees in the state, along the roadside and in our forested areas, were not leafing out. They had not survived the past winter. The area forests have suffered drought, defoliation by gypsy moth, and […]

Stormwise Happenings, March 2018

Many opportunities for us to share the work we do with Stormwise are coming up this month! This project has inspired a great variety of research from roadside forest ecology to the social science of our communities, and even mapping forest cover with drones! We look forward to showing off and inspiring discussion among the […]

Wind and Trees 101: To Touch a Tree

The root of the problem, to which we hope Stormwise can be a solution, is the tree/wind dynamic. Wind is the force that sets a tree in motion. A tree set in motion begins to sway with an amplitude and frequency dictated by its own physical properties – its size and shape – as well […]

Planting Near Power Lines

A few years ago, my mom planted a little tree in her front yard. Last summer, she had me up on a ladder pruning it back. She didn’t realize when she planted the tree that it was right underneath the power line to her house! Trees and power lines can create problems when they occupy […]

Dealing with Storm Damaged Trees

Much of the research and demonstration work in the Stormwise program is about creating more storm-resistant conditions in our roadside woods. Growing more storm-resistant trees and forests takes time, of course, and in the meantime the woods we have near our homes and roadsides remain subject to severe winds, downpours, lightning, snow and ice that […]

Ethics Practices in Human Dimensions Research

Human dimensions is a social science that seeks to understand how people make decisions about natural resources, and characteristics of individuals that affect those decisions. As part of the Stormwise project, human dimensions research is helping to understand public concerns about, and opportunities for, roadside tree and forest management in communities across Connecticut. Although data […]