Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Tool Details

Manual for building tree volume and biomass allometric equations

Author Picard N., Saint-André L., Henry M..
Year of publication 2012
This guide is intended for students, researchers and engineers who wish to acquire the methodology necessary to construct tree volume, biomass or nutrient content tables. The various models used for this purposes have been grouped together here as they all call upon the same principle: they estimate a variable that is difficult to measure in trees (e.g. volume) using simpler characteristics such as tree diameter at breast height (1.30 m), or tree height or age. This guide is based on a large number of reference papers, and although it does not claim to present all the possible cases, it does describe techniques that can be used to construct the equations required. The references given in the text are specified when possible as author, year and page such that the reader can easily pursue threads of particular interest. A concrete example (dubbed the "red line") guides the reader and helps acquire knowledge through practical application.
Type of Tool
Guidelines, manual, kits for trainers
Scale of Application
Forest Management Unit
Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function
Management Responsibility
Other (NGO, CSO, education/research institution, etc.)