April Hiscox, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina - Department of Geography
Presentation Title: Seeing the wind through the forest: Understanding the dynamic interactions of turbulence and tree sway
Summary: Did you ever watch a tree sway in the wind and wonder exactly what was happening? These interactions in a forest canopy are controlling factors for a variety of ecosystem variables, and they are currently poorly understood. Year round measurements of turbulence where taken at heights, above, below, and in the live crown. Additionally measurements of tree bole motion were taken simultaneously for 150 trees surrounding the main meteorological tower. Visualizing the results presents a unique challenge in multi-data source analysis. The talk will present the reasons for understanding these tree-wind interactions, and the state of current research in the area.