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Analysis of the dielectric properties of trunk wood in dominant conifer species from New England and SiberiaData were collected for dominant conifer species. Dielectric properties of trunk wood were measured using a C-band dielectric probe. For certain specimens, electrical resistance was also measured using a shigometer. The water status of the trees studies was determined either by use of a Scholander pressure chamber on branch samples collected simultaneously with dielectric measurements or by fresh-weight/dry-weight assessment of wood core samples extracted and analyzed with the dielectric probe and shigometer. Diurnal delectric properties and xylem water column tension are inversely correlated such that real and imaginary dielectric values drop as tension increases. The dielectric properties were positively correlated with wood core moisture content while electrical resistance was poorly correlated with wood core moisture content in one species studied. Results support the view that dielectric properties are strongly correlated with moisture status in trunk wood, and possibly ion concentrations associated with decay processes in damaged specimens.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Ranson, K. J.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Rock, B. N.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Salas, W. A.
(New Hampshire Univ. Durham, United States)
Smith, K.
(Northeastern Forest Experiment Station Durham, NH, United States)
Williams, D. L.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: In: IGARSS '92; Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Houston, TX, May 26-29, 1992. Vol. 2 (A93-47551 20-43)
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
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PROJECT: RTOP 665-3100
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