Angle count or relascope sampling has traditionally been used in forestry to estimate stand basal area. In this paper, we present an extension to the basal area relascope, the crown relascope, which differs from the normal relascope in that the relascope's slot is very high and wide. We describe the theoretical basis of the instrument and present results from a field test in which a crown relascope with a basal area factor of 250 m2/ha (0.025) was used to estimate canopy cover of 73 sample plots in northern Finland. The crown relascope estimates had a root mean square difference of 9.3% and an average difference of -3.1% when compared with estimates obtained with the control method, line intersect sampling using the Cajanus tube. The results indicated that the crown relascope is a quick and fairly reliable instrument for canopy cover estimation, especially in relatively sparse forests where crown overlap is insignificant and visibility does not limit an efficient use of the instrument.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FOREST RESEARCH-REVUE CANADIENNE DE RECHERCHE FORESTIERE|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2008|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|