PG Coursework Unit
Level of learning
- Reasons for measuring trees and forests
- Accuracy, precision and bias of measurements
- The plane survey
- Measurement of individual trees - stem diameter, tree height, stem volume and tree biomass. Use of tree volume, stem taper and biomass function
- Measurement of stands - age, stocking density, quadratic mean diameter, basal area, dominant height, stem volume, biomass, site productive capacity, expression of growth. Point and plot stand measurement
- Measurement of forests - defining and measuring populations, sampling theory, conduct of inventory. Remote sensing applications.
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Carry out basic forest measurements with adequate accuracy and precision|
|2||Know what measurements are required to achieve some particular objectives of management|
|3||Plan and execute a forest inventory with adequate precision to serve particular objectives of management|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
Carry out basic forest measurements with adequate accuracy and precision
Know what measurements are required to achieve some particular objectives of management
Plan and execute a forest inventory with adequate precision to serve particular objectives of management
- The course is taught directly from this text and all students will require a copy. Note that it is the third edition that is required. Earlier editions are no longer satisfactory for the course: West, PW, 2015, Measuring Trees and Forests, 3rd edn, Springer International, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-319-14707-9.