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APPLYING OF ACUSTIC TOMOPGRAPHY AS A DECISION SUPPORT TOOL FOR FORESTS MANAGEMENT IN PROTECTED AREAS

J. Simon, I. Machar, V. Pechanec
Thursday 11 October 2018 by Libadmin2018

ABSTRACT

The paper deals with the application of the pulse tomography Arbotom as a support decision tool for management of hardwood floodplain forest in the Czech Republic. The method of acoustic wood tomography is based on the finding that intact wood conducts sound faster than damaged wood with defects. Tomograph measures the time which takes a mechanical pulse (an acoustic wave) to pass the distance between sensors placed on the tree trunk. The evaluation of the trunk measurements in two-dimensional tomograms then shows and quantifies mechanical disparities and internal cavities in the measured cross-section of the trunk. Application of this non-invasive method enables to assess the protected area management plan in accordance with the principles of adaptive ecosystem management. The paper presents the acoustic tomography method as a decision support tool for the European forest ecosystem management in protected areas with high possibility of portability for temperate forest ecosystems.

Keywords: Arbotom, forest management, hardwood floodplain forest, Natura 2000 system


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