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    Efforts to assess forest ecosystem carbon stocks, biodiversity, and fire hazards have spurred the need for comprehensive assessments of forest ecosystem dead wood (DW) components around the world. Currently, information regarding the prevalence, status, and methods of DW inventories occurring in the world's forested landscapes is scattered. The goal of this study is to describe the status, DW components measured, sample methods employed, and DW component thresholds used by national forest inventories that currently inventory DW around the world. Study results indicate that most countries do not inventory forest DW. Globally, we estimate that about 13% of countries inventory DW using a diversity of sample methods and DW component definitions.

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    Citation

    Woodall, Christopher W.; Rondeux, Jacques; Verkerk, Pieter J.; Ståhl, Göran 2009. Estimating dead wood during national forest inventories: a review of inventory methodologies and suggestions for harmonization. Environmental Management. 44: 624?631.

    Keywords

    inventory, standing dead wood, downed dead wood, harmonization, forest

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