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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2002

Possibilities for harvester-based forest inventory in thinnings

Stendahl, Johan; Dahlin, Bo


This study investigated the possible estimation of forest characteristics using the information collected by the harvester in first thinnings. For the analysis a complete forest inventory was carried out in a stand, which was subsequently thinned. The global mean values of tree diameter, tree height, basal area and stem density were estimated, and further, a spatial analysis was carried out to investigate whether the data collected by the harvester could be used to generate a continuous spatial model of the forest. The results indicated that the global mean diameter and height may be estimated, whereas area-related properties, such as basal area and stem density, are more difficult to estimate. The spatial distribution of the diameter and height remained similar after the thinning, whereas the basal area and stem density had become more homogeneous after the thinning. From the trees removed in the thinning a continuous spatial model of tree diameter was developed. It reproduced the spatial structure of the original trees to some extent ( R-2 = 0.27, RMSE = 14.3 mm).


automated forest inventory; geostatistics; selectivity in thinnings; spatial distribution; strip-roads

Published in

Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
2002, volume: 17, number: 6, pages: 548-555

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Soils
Dahlin, Bo
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

UKÄ Subject classification

Forest Science

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