Equations of bark thickness and volume profiles at different heights with easy-measurement variables

  • J.M. Cellini Laboratorio de Investigación de Sistemas Ecológicos y Ambientales (LISEA), Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Diagonal 113 N° 469 (B1904DPS) La Plata.
  • M. Galarza INTA AER-Tartagal, EECT YUTO.
  • S.L. Burns Laboratorio de Investigación de Sistemas Ecológicos y Ambientales (LISEA), Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
  • G.J. Martinez-Pastur Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego.
  • M.V. Lencinas Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego.


The objective of this work was to develop equations of thickness profile and bark volume at different heights with easy-measurement variables, taking as a study case Nothofagus pumilio forests, growing in different site qualities and growth phases in Southern Patagonia. Data was collected from 717 harvested trees. Three models were fitted using multiple, non-lineal regression and generalized linear model, by stepwise methodology, iteratively reweighted least squares method for maximum likelihood estimation and Marquardt algorithm. The dependent variables were diameter at 1.30 m height (DBH), relative height (RH) and growth phase (GP). The statistic evaluation was made through the adjusted determinant coefficient (r2-adj), standard error of the estimation (SEE), mean absolute error and residual analysis. All models presented good fitness with a significant correlation with the growth phase. A decrease in the thickness was observed when the relative height increase. Moreover, a bark coefficient was made to calculate volume with and without bark of individual trees, where significant differences according to site quality of the stands and DBH class of the trees were observed. It can be concluded that the prediction of bark thickness and bark coefficient is possible using DBH, height, site quality and growth phase, common and easy measurement variables used in forest inventories.


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Cellini, J., Galarza, M., Burns, S., Martinez-Pastur, G., & Lencinas, M. (2012). Equations of bark thickness and volume profiles at different heights with easy-measurement variables. Forest Systems, 21(1), 23-30. https://doi.org/10.5424/fs/2112211-01963
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