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GlobAllomeTree: the international tree allometric equation platform
The GlobAllomeTree tool is the first international, web-based platform designed to improve global access to tree allometric equations and therefore to support forest and climate-change project developers, researchers, scientists and foresters to assess forest volume and biomass, and carbon stocks.
Allometric equations are the most used tool to assess volume or biomass from forest inventory data (e.g. tree diameter and height). Despite their importance, existing equations are often scattered over forest research centers, forest administrations, logging companies and libraries. As a response , the GlobAllomeTree platform was developed and provides:
The platform was jointly developed by FAO, the French Research Centre CIRAD and Tuscia University.
Manual for building tree volume and biomass allometric equations
Jointly published by FAO and the French research centre CIRAD, the Manual for building tree volume and biomass allometric equations provides all the necessary information from the field work to the biomass estimation. The appropriate development and use of tree allometric equations are particularly important when assessing forest carbon stocks and carbon stock changes. This will help national policymakers to make informed decisions regarding bioenergy development and climate change mitigation activities.
The Manual is designed for students, researchers and engineers who wish to acquire the knowledge and methodology to establish allometric equations to assess the volume, biomass or mineral mass of trees. It provides numerous examples and detailed technical advice, so there are few prerequisites for users.
A lighter version of the Manual (around 3 Mb) where picture resolution have been reduced is available here.
Manual [high-resolution 8 mB]
Manual [low-resolution 3 mB]