Application of the algebraic difference approach for developing self-referencing specific gravity and biomass equationsAuthor(s): Lewis Jordan; Ray Souter; Bernard Parresol; Richard F. Daniels
Source: Forest Science, Vol. 52(1): 81-92
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionBiomass estimation is critical for looking at ecosystem processes and as a measure of stand yield. The density-integral approach allows for coincident estimation of stem profile and biomass. The algebraic difference approach (ADA) permits the derivation of dynamic or nonstatic functions. In this study we applied the ADA to develop a self-referencing specific gravity function and biomass function as part of a density-integral system composed of taper, volume, specific gravity, and biomass functions. This was compared to base systems of similar equations that did not have the self-referencing parameter specifications. Systems of equations were fit using nonlinear, seemingly unrelated regressions with nonlinear cross-equation constraints to account for contemporaneous correlations in the data. Results suggest that correct volume determination is more critical than specific gravity for accurate biomass estimates. The goodness-of-fit statistics clearly show that the self-referencing system provided a better fit than the base system.
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CitationJordan, Lewis; Souter, Ray; Parresol, Bernard; Daniels, Richard F. 2006. Application of the algebraic difference approach for developing self-referencing specific gravity and biomass equations. Forest Science, Vol. 52(1): 81-92
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