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Assessing tree and stand biomass: a review with examples and critical comparisons




Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Southern Research Station


Forest Science. 45(4): 573-593.


There is considerable interest today in estimating the biomass of trees and forests for both practical forestry issues and scientific purposes. New techniques and procedures are brought together along with the more traditional approaches to estimating woody biomass. General model forms and weighted analysis are reviewed, along with statistics for evaluating and comparing biomass models. Additivity and harmonization are addressed, and weight-ratio and density-integral approaches are discussed. Subsampling methods on trees to derive unbiased weight estimates are examined, and ratio and difference sampling estimators are considered in detail. Error components for stand biomass estimates are examined. This paper reviews quantitative principles and gives specific examples for prediction of tree biomass. The examples should prove useful for understanding the principles involved and for instructional purposes.


Parresol, Bernard R. 1999. Assessing tree and stand biomass: a review with examples and critical comparisons. Forest Science. 45(4): 573-593.

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