Estimates the wood biomass of logs and truncated branches

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Description

Estimates the wood biomass of logs and truncated branches by computing their volume (using Smalian's formula) and converting it to fresh weight using wood fresh density.

Smalian's formula: V=\frac{Sb+Sd}{2}l where V is the log volume, Sb is the aerea of the basal (lower) section, Sd is the area of the higher section and l is the length of the log.

Usage

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logBiomass(x, lowerD, higherD, logLength, density)

Arguments

x

the data frame holding the measures needed to perform the estimation

lowerD

The name of the data frame column holding diameter of the lower section in cm

higherD

The name of the data frame column holding the diameter of the higher section (usually smaller!) in cm

logLength

The name of the data frame column holding the length of the log or branch in m

density

The name of the data frame column holding the fresh density of the wood, defined as D=\frac{V_f}{W_f} where V_f is wood volume measured in the field (i.e. satured with water) in m^3 and W_f is wood fresh weight in kg. Fresh density is measured in \frac{kg}{m^3}

Note

Diameters used to compute section areas should be measured under the bark layer! When this is not the case (scarcely ever!) and diameters include bark thickness the log biomass is somewhat over-estimated!

References

la Marca, O. Elementi di dendrometria 2004, Patron Editore (Bologna), p. 119

See Also

Other Biomass: allometryABDC, allometryAsca2011, allometryCutini2009, allometryPorte2002, powerEquation, pureQuadraticEquation, treeBiomass, treeTotalBiomass

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