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Unit description

Considers the measurement of forest characteristics to ensure their proper conservation and management. Trees are big and forests are extensive, so special techniques must be used to measure them accurately. This unit uses a general teaching approach to introduce modern methods and practice of forest measurement.

Unit content

  • Reasons for measuring trees and forests
  • Accuracy, precision and bias of measurements
  • The plane survey
  • Measurement of individual trees - stem diameter, tree height, stem volume and tree biomass. Use of tree volume, stem taper and biomass functions
  • Measurement of stands - age, stocking density, quadratic mean diameter, basal area, dominant height, stem volume, biomass, site productive capacity, expression of growth. Point and plot stand measurement
  • Measurement of forests - defining and measuring populations, sampling theory, conduct of inventory. Remote sensing applications.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • The course is taught directly from this text and all students will require a copy: West, PW, 2015, Tree and Forest Measurement, 3rd edn, Springer International, Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-319-14707-9.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Residential session 4 days (Once during study session)
Practical Report40%
Exam: open book35%
Practical skills15%


Teaching method
Residential session 4 days (Once during study session)
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Practical Report40%
Exam: open book35%
Practical skills15%

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