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A Review of Past Research on Dendrometers

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The purpose of a dendrometer is to measure tree diameter. Contact and noncontact dendrometers accomplish this task by collecting different metrics, including girth or distance between tangent points on a tree stem. Many dendrometers have been developed in the last quarter century and many have been retired. This article summarizes instrument developments and application results, contains an interpretation of the results, and provides guidance for dendrometer selection. FOR. SCI. 46(4):570–576.

Keywords: Instrumentation; diameter measurement; forest inventory; mensuration

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Research Forester Integrated Life Cycle of Wood: Tree Quality, Processing, and Recycling, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station–0503, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, Phone: (540)231-4674; Fax: (540)231-8868 neclark@vt.edu 2: Assistant Professor Department of Forestry, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 321 Cheatham Hall–0324, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, Phone (540)231-7811 wynne@vt.edu 3: Research Forest Products Technologist Integrated Life Cycle of Wood: Tree Quality, Processing, and Recycling USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station–0503, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, Phone: (608)262-3313 dlschmol@facstaff.wisc.edu

Publication date: November 1, 2000

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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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