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The establishment of a field site for reactive soil and tree monitoring in Melbourne

Jie Li, Yiyi Zhou, Lei Guo and Haman Tokhi


Trees have long been known to cause damage to pavements and residential buildings as a result of soil desiccation by tree roots. As part of a long term study of the effects of trees on the performance of residential structures, a field site was established in early 2011 in Melbourne. This paper details the site selection, establishment and instrumentation, and provides some of the preliminary results.