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Monitoring Drought with Forest Radar

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Funding Year: 2018

Research Areas: Climate

Regions: North America

Droughts can cause dramatic increases in large-scale tree mortality and fire fuel aridity in forests. To manage risk, forest managers need to know the water content of tree canopies, but remote sensing based solutions are either not available from space or have too coarse a spatial resolution.


Stanford researchers will test an upward-facing ground-based radar system - previously used to monitor ice sheets at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve to see if it can be used to measure water content. This technology could eventually be used for distributed monitoring networks operated by the US Forest Service or other organizations to better understand fire risk.

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Principal Investigators:

Alexandra Konings, Professor of Earth System Science

Dustin Schroeder, Professor of Geophysics and by courtesy, Professor of Electrical Engineering

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