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Estimating Log Volume Using the Centroid Position

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In 8 of 15 comparisons by tree species (6 Australian and 9 American), log volumes were estimated with more precision when the interlog position for measuring cross-sectional area was located at the midvolume (centroid) position rather than the midlength (Newton) position. It is concluded that the centroid of a tree or log defines a position of special significance for estimating volume. A formula is developed for estimating log volume based on measurements of log length and diameter at both ends of the log and at any intermediate position. For. Sci. 38(1):187-191.

Keywords: Log scaling; Newton's formula; cubic volume

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511

Publication date: February 1, 1992

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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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