Height problem Overview

While training a field crew, I got the following question.

Where should I stand when measuring tree heights?

As a forest biometrics professor, I gave the standard answer, I had been taught: Along the contour about one tree length away.

But I asked myself is this the best place to stand?

The Videos are available here.

(Lecture)

Further Readings:

Haig, I. T. 1925. Short cuts in measuring tree heights. Journal of Forestry 23(11):941-944

Larsen, D. R., D. W. Hann and S. C. Sterns-Smith. 1987. Accuracy and precision of the tangent method of measuring tree height. Western Journal of Applied Forestry 2(1):26-28.


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Author: Dr. David R. Larsen
Created: January 7, 2011
Last Updated: March 12, 2018