Height Accumulation for Rapid Estimates of Cubic Volume
Height accumulation, a relatively new concept for determining volume of standing trees, proved efficient for rapidly computing cubic volumes of young, even-aged stands of southern pine. Volumes were estimated by deriving volume-basal area ratios from a small number of sample trees and multiplying by total basal area per acre. The Bitterlich Spiegelrelaskop was used for simultaneous determination of upper diameter points and their height above ground. Field work was simplified in comparison to that normally required for construction of local volume tables. The method permitted segregation and separate measurement of the distinctly different shapes, merchantable lengths, and volumes of cut and reserved trees--details of which volume tables usually take no account. The computation of stand volume required less time and effort than conventional means, and gave the accuracy desired for research purposes. The method is well adapted to use with electronic computers.
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Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Southern Forest Expt. Sta., Forest Service, U. S. Dept. Agric., New Orleans, La.
Publication date: 1963-02-01
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