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Dimitris Zianis, Petteri Muukkonen, Raisa Mäkipää & Maurizio Mencuccini. 2005.

Biomass and stem volume equations for tree species in Europe

Silva Fennica Monographs 4. 63 p.

A review of stem volume and biomass equations for tree species growing in Europe is presented. The mathematical forms of the empirical models, the associated statistical parameters and information about the size of the trees and the country of origin were collated from scientific articles and from technical reports. The total number of the compiled equations for biomass estimation was 607 and for stem volume prediction it was 230. The analysis indicated that most of the biomass equations were developed for aboveground tree components. A relatively small number of equations were developed for southern Europe. Most of the biomass equations were based on a few sampled sites with a very limited number of sampled trees. The volume equations were, in general, based on more representative data covering larger geographical regions. The volume equations were available for major tree species in Europe. The collected information provides a basic tool for estimation of carbon stocks and nutrient balance of forest ecosystems across Europe as well as for validation of theoretical models of biomass allocation.

Keywords
aboveground biomass, allometry, belowground biomass, biomass function, dbh, tree diameter, tree height

Addresses
Mäkipää and Muukkonen, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Unioninkatu 40A, FI-00170, Helsinki, Finland; Zianis, Department of Forestry, TEI Kavalas, Drama 66050, Greece; Mencuccini, Institute of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Darwin Building, Mayfield Road, EH9 3JU Edinburgh, UK. E-mail raisa.makipaa@metla.fi

Received 23 March 2004 Accepted 7 September 2005
ISBN 951-40-1983-0 (paperback), 951-40-1984-9 (PDF)
ISSN 1457-7356

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