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Environmental Sciences Seminar Abstract            

  Urban Tree Roots: The Use Of Designed Soils To Support Urban Trees And Pavement As A Component Of Stormwater Management System Design
Jason Grabosky
Associate Professor
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Rutgers University

Within an urban landscape, soil volumes are a limited resource. Designed soils can integrate urban tree root zone needs and support requirements for safe, durable pavement. The use of such designed soils, coupled with stormwater management design methods such as the use of porous pavement materials, develops a multi-use, shared soil volume providing multiple environmental services. This presentation discusses definitions and several research projects into the behavior of designed urban tree soils to support pavement, and how they might be employed to leverage the efficacy of a parking lot design with respect to stormwater. While there are more questions than answers in the technical details, the presentation serves as a reasonable status report, and an invitation for collaborative projects.

Last updated: 02/02/2011