Sampling a Tree for Total Volume, Biomass, and Carbon
A sampling method is developed for determining the total volume of a standing tree. The total volume can be converted to total dry weight (biomass) by applying well-known specific gravity relationships and then biomass can be converted to carbon. The suggested method uses importance sampling (IS) and is motivated by the pipe model theory of tree form. The critical assumption is that decurrent form tree crowns can be virtually collapsed into an excurrent form. Subsequently, standard IS ideas can be applied. The proposed tree volume estimator requires measurement of diameters at one or more upper stem heights. The method can be applied to either standing or felled trees.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-04-01
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