PG Coursework Unit
Level of learning
Considers the measurement of forest characteristics to ensure their proper conservation and management. Trees are big and forests are extensive, so special techniques must be used to measure them accurately. This unit uses a general teaching approach to introduce modern methods and practice of forest measurement.
- 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.
- Note that it is the third edition of this book that is required (earlier editions of this book are out of date and no longer suitable for the course): P.W. West, 2015, Tree and Forest Measurement, 3rd edn, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-319-01826-3.