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November 2003
Radar in the Vineyard
A High-Tech Toast to Better Wines
by David Pescovitz
Between the rows of ripening grapes at the Robert Mondavi Vineyard in Napa Valley, a UC Berkeley researcher pushes a wheelbarrow outfitted with a ground-penetrating radar device. The field trip is part of a project that combines time-tested agricultural methods with high-technology geophysics to improve the quality of Northern California's finest wines. Yoram Rubin, UC Berkeley professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is leading research to map the soil's water content at California vin...
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