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Re: Engineers.

Subject: Re: Engineers.
From: Alan Reeves
Date: Feb 19 2001 09:04:28
The way I see it Scott is that every five years or so
the industry has its opportunity to highlight research
needs and has never, as far as I am aware made the
topic of windthrow a priority.
I was at Warwick and Keele and as far as I can make
out the research priorities  have largely been those
that the FC/AAIS has been driving for.

The sort of research you are identifying needs
industry sponsorship.
Of course some of the research has probably been
carried out in the states, but there seems to be some
reluctance to accept/adopt anything that is not
"homegrown".
We badly  need to break the mould and instigate
industry-sponsored research in this country if
individuals such as yourself are to have their
questions answered. How many of you are there out
there?
Would you contribute to a UK/I research fund along the
lines of the ISA Research Trust ?


--- Scott Cullen <dscottcul@xxxx.net> wrote: > Would
like to but am not ready to.  Having
accumulated a lot of literature
what I know is how much I don't know.  Have given
some thought to research
grant proposals and quickly backed down pending a
much better understanding
of what's already in the literature.  This is
predominantly forestry
literature, BTW, with contributions from civil
engineering, hydrology and
boundary layer meteorology.  Virtually none in the
arb-urb.for. literature.
Interestingly some of the best and most advanced
work is being done in the
UK.

I've talked to others and potential fundinf soures
include the utilities
industry (winds put trees on wires), the disaster
preparedness and response
sectors of govt., and govt. forestry agencies.  If
you really think about it
while there is big economic loss to cropr forestry
from windthrow it
probably pales in comparison to urban property
damage and personal injury
claims.

I'm unsure whether the undergarduate or even
graduate arb-urb.for. colleges
are up to the research.... at least all of it.  Some
of this is practical
application and data gathering and they'd do well. 
Some, however, is way,
way out there in sophisticated engineering and
climatology and the like.
Here too, still questions no answers.


-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Reeves <alanreevesuk@xxxxxx.co.uk>
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxxxxx.co.uk>
Date: Sunday, February 18, 2001 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: Engineers.


OK Scott,
In your posting there's a very important point,
which
I'd like to pick up on.

You have identified an area ie "Windthrow" which
you
feel needs to be researched from the Arboricultural
standpoint.
Would you and others like to
a) Identify ares of research for the next five
years




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