Trees and pavement have been shown to be compatible through soil-based or structural form design solutions, thus linking a biological infrastructure to a built infrastructure. Stormwater management is often used as a potent tool for developing the funding case for linking the two infrastructures, since the linking of the service can be a useful component within a larger stormwater management plan. While there is merit to making the argument, there are gaps in our knowledge, along with a real danger of overselling such environmental services, turning data-driven consultancy into raw advocacy. Within that context, some suggestions in developing research will elicit discussion for dealing with current ambiguities while researchers advance the fuller discussion of planned vegetation assemblage development and succession within a lens of transpiration service capacity, all in a parking lot or mixed vegetation-pavement system.
Dr. Jason Grabosky is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. He is the current director of the General Honors Program for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Additionally, he is the John and Eleanor Kuser Faculty Endowment Scholar for Urban Forestry and the faculty leader for the Center for Resilience Landscapes, a joint venture between Rutgers, the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, and the U.S. Forest Service. Jason teaches classes in tree biology and ecology and management, among others. His research is mostly centered around trees, soils, and the developed environment, with some limited work in biomechanics and general tree ecophysiology.
Dr. Grabosky is the current editor-in-chief for Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.