Articles | Volume 18, issue 13
Biogeosciences, 18, 4059–4072, 2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 4059–4072, 2021

Research article 06 Jul 2021

Research article | 06 Jul 2021

The motion of trees in the wind: a data synthesis

Toby D. Jackson et al.

Data sets

The motion of trees in the wind - a collection of multiple data sets T. Jackson, A. Bunce, K. James, A. Wellpott, S. Van Bloem, A. Achim, and B. Gardiner

Ambient vibration of mature Hopea odorata trees D. Burcham

Impact of thinning in naturally regenerated balsam fir stand M. Duperat, J.-C. Ruel, and B. Gardiner

Tree sway measured with accelerometers of 19 trees in the Brazilian Amazon T. van Emmerik, S. C. Steele-Dunne, R. W. Hut, P. Gentine, M. F. Guerin, R. S. Oliveira, J. Wagner, J. S. Selker, and N. C. van de Giesen dataset/Tree_of_19_Amazon_trees/12714989/1

Strain measurements on 21 trees in Wytham Woods T. Jackson

A time-series of strains in response to wind measured on 19 trees in Danum Valley T. Jackson

Continuous acceleration time series for tree sway monitoring in a temperate, humid environment D. Ciruzzi and S. Loheide

Model code and software

TobyDJackson/TreeMotion_data: First version - tree motion paper T. Jackson

Short summary
We have all seen trees swaying in the wind, but did you know that this motion can teach us about ecology? We summarized tree motion data from many different studies and looked for similarities between trees. We found that the motion of trees in conifer forests is quite similar to each other, whereas open-grown trees and broadleaf forests show more variation. It has been suggested that additional damping or amplification of tree motion occurs at high wind speeds, but we found no evidence of this.
Final-revised paper