Accuracy and Precision of Two Laser Dendrometers

Skovsgaard, J.P., Johannsen, V.K. and Vanclay, Jerome K (1998) Accuracy and Precision of Two Laser Dendrometers. Forestry, 71 2: 131-139. doi:10.1093/forestry/71.2.131

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Author Skovsgaard, J.P.
Johannsen, V.K.
Vanclay, Jerome K
Title Accuracy and Precision of Two Laser Dendrometers
Journal name Forestry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0015-752X
Publication date 1998-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/forestry/71.2.131
Volume 71
Issue 2
Start page 131
End page 139
Total pages 9
Language eng
Subject 300803 Natural Resource Management
300604 Management and Environment
Abstract Two commercial laser dendrometers were tested under controlled and field conditions, and contrasted with alternative instruments. Testing focused on height measurement, but also considered distance and remote diameter measurements. Both laser instruments gave very precise estimates, but showed some bias. Users of these and other 'high-tech' instruments are reminded that precision is not synonymous with accuracy. Users should not become complacent about the sub-millimetre readout, but should calibrate instruments to examine if users' accuracy requirements are satisfied. Instruments may need to be re-calibrated each measurement season and after any mishandling.
Keyword laser dendrometer
measuring devices
calibration
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Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Copyright 1998 The Institute of Chartered Foresters of Great Britain

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