Using the Forest Identity to grasp and comprehend the swelling mass of forest statistics
Valued attributes of forests encourage surveys and inventories of multiple attributes that need quantitative definition and integration followed by comprehensible presentation. The Forest Identity defines the four attributes of expanse, growing stock, biomass and carbon in terms of measurable forest area (A), forest density (D), biomass to growing stock ratio (B), and carbon concentration (C). The Identity connects and integrates them all, logically. Nearly constant C and a B varying fairly regularly with D allow a single synoptic chart to present the four changing attributes in many regions, as examples around the world demonstrate. The Identity simply and transparently audits complex estimates of sequestered carbon. Sensing biomass remotely would transfer the uncertainty of the ratio B from carbon to growing stock inventories. In whatever manner variables are measured, the Identity integrates them into attributes and permits synoptic charts of masses of data.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven CT 06504, USA.
Publication date: December 1, 2008
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- The International Forestry Review is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes original research and review papers on all aspects of forest policy and science, with an emphasis on issues of transnational significance. It is published four times per year, in March, June, September and December. Theme editions are a regular feature and attract a wide audience.
The IFR is part of The Global Forest Information Service - GFIS
International Forestry Review has a 5-year impact factor of 1.733
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