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Title: Density and Specific Gravity Metrics in Biomass Research

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-208, March 2012

Author(s)Wiemann, Micheal C.; Williamson, G. Bruce

Publication Year: 2012  View PDF »

Category: General Technical Reports
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4714-1A

Abstract: Following the 2010 publication of Measuring Wood Specific Gravity… Correctly in the American Journal of Botany, readers contacted us to inquire about application of wood density and specific gravity to biomass research. Here we recommend methods for sample collection, volume measurement, and determination of wood density and specific gravity for use in biomass studies. We include discussion of the effects of wood deterioration and reliance on published density metrics. In addition, we note pitfalls associated with standard methods, limitations of using densities in biomass estimates, and interpretation of international databases giving wood densities. no package

Keywords: biomass; coarse woody debris; density; international standards; specific gravity

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 571 kb(s)

Date posted: 04/26/2012

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RITS Product ID: 41965
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Wiemann, Michael C.

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