Notes: Graphical Estimation of Quadratic Mean Diameters in the Line Intersect Method

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An ad hoc method of deriving quadratic mean diameters for use in the line intersect method, without extra field work, is described. It requires an assumption that the diameters tallied in any actual line intersect survey are distributed according to a simple power law. The tallied frequencies are then graphed and a mathematical formula applied. The method adapts readily to any desired set of diameter classes. Forest Sci. 28:852-855.

Keywords: Wood volume estimation

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Research Scientist, Canadian Forestry Service, Petawawa National Forestry Institute, Chalk River, Ontario K0J 1J0

Publication date: December 1, 1982

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