Tilted Tree Hypsometry

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State-of-the-art technique for measuring height of leaning, forked, crooked, or curved trees is briefly reviewed. The most efficient method employs an expensive tiltable range- finding dendrometer which can measure various types of leaning or nonlinear trees. However, a much less expensive tiltable nonranging hypsometer can be employed on straight leaning trees. This recently developed technique uses spherical triangulation observation points to eliminate bias attributable to lean in the slant plane toward or away from the observer. Necessary formulae and many numeric examples are given to aid in understanding the computational process. For. Sci. 37(6):1581-1590. 12

Keywords: Tree height; cross-level angle; slant plane

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Adjunct Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville 32611

Publication date: December 1, 1991

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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