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An Introduction to Forest Mensuration and Survey

Learn the basic guidelines for conducting forest surveys and measuring tree attributes in this free online course.

Environmental Studies
Free Course
In this free online course, you will learn how to measure the physical attributes of various kinds of trees and how to conduct forest surveys. You will learn the theories of 'tree form' and the rules for measuring the height and diameter of trees. You will also examine the different types of forest surveys, as well as the tools used for these surveys. The concepts of LIDAR and the principles of Photogrammetry will also be featured in this course.
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    4-5 Hours
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In this free online course in Forest Mensuration and Survey, you will learn the rules for measuring the physical attributes of various kinds of trees and the general guidelines for conducting forest surveys. The theories of Tree Form and the factors that affect the stem profile of trees, will be explained in the first section of the course. You will also consider the advantages and disadvantages of the tools that are used to measure the diameter and height of trees.

Next, you will study the stages involved in conducting forest surveys. You will learn the classifications of surveys as well as the types of measurements involved in carrying out these surveys. You will also learn the objectives and concepts of Sampling. Thereafter, you will be introduced to the subject of Photogrammetry. The principles and common methods of photogrammetry will be outlined and you also learn the general requirements for taking good photographs. 

Finally, you will study the principles of Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR). You will learn about the applications of LIDAR and also the individual components that make up these systems. This course will interest students studying forestry, land surveying or photogrammetry. It will also be beneficial to those who simply want to broaden their knowledge in this area. Start this course today!

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the shapes and sizes of various types of trees
  • State the theories of tree form
  • Explain the factors that affect stem profile
  • Discuss the rules for measuring the diameter of a tree
  • Discuss the stages of forest surveying
  • Explain the types of measurements used for surveys
  • Outline the principles of photogrammetry
  • Explain the concepts of LIDAR


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