Canadian Forest Service Publications

Canadian national biomass equations: new parameter estimates that include British Columbia data. 2008. Ung, C.-H.; Bernier, P.Y.; Guo, X. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38: 1123-1132.

Year: 2008

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 28775

Language: English

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National allometric equations covering the most common tree species of Canada's forests were produced based on tree mass data acquired in the early 1980s during the ENergy from the FORest (ENFOR) program. The equations allow us to calculate the mass estimate of four tree components (foliage, branches, stem bark, and stem wood) using either diameter at breast height or a combination of diameter at breast height and height. Missing from that data set, however, were the data from British Columbia. A usable British Columbia data set was finally found and has now been incorporated into the national data set. Here, we present revised allometric equations for six species covered in the previous work and also found in the British Columbia data set as well as for the "hardwoods", "softwoods", and "all species" equations. New equations are also provided for eight species specific to the British Columbia data.