SPECIES-SPECIFIC EQUATIONS: GREATER PRECISION IN COMMERCIAL VOLUME ESTIMATION IN MANAGED FORESTS IN THE AMAZON

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Misael Freitas dos Santos Afonso Figueiredo Filho João Ricardo Vasconcellos Gama Fabiane Aparecida de Souza Retslaff Daniele Lima da Costa

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The objective of this study was to analyze the performance of species-specific equations (SSEs)  concerning  generic  ones  in  Annual  Production  Units  (GEAPUs)  and  in  a  Forest  Management  Area  (GEFMA)  in  the  Brazilian  Amazon.  A  total  of  29,119  trees  from  43  species  were  inventoried,  harvested,  and  volumetric  measurements  were  taken  in ten APUs, with 10% of this total being separated for validation and comparison of the selected equations. After selection and validation of the equations (GEFMA, GEAPUs and  SSEs)  they  were  compared  using  precision  statistics,  by  contrasting  estimated  and  observed volumes and by residual analysis. Precision statistics were clearly lower for the SSEs. Trend lines near the average observed volume were shown for the SSEs when the estimates were contrasted with the observations. The residuals generated by the SSEs  were  smaller  and  statistically  different  than  those  of  GEFMA  and  GEAPUs  for  the  majority of cases. The most important commercial species (M.  huberi) had its volume overestimated by 10.6, 9.3 and 3.0% when the GEFMA, the GEAPUs, and the SSEs were applied, respectively. Among the species that generally had very large trees, H. petraeumhad its volume underestimated by 15.7, 16.6 and 4.4% by the GEFMA, GEAPUs and SSEs, respectively. The greater precision of the SSEs is reflected in better forest management planning  decisions  with  respect  to  operational  and  economic  aspects.  These  results  show that besides being statistically valid, the SSEs are recommended for obtaining more precise estimates of commercial volume, especially since there is a great demand for reliable estimates for each individual species in forest management areas in the Amazon.

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SANTOS, Misael Freitas dos et al. SPECIES-SPECIFIC EQUATIONS: GREATER PRECISION IN COMMERCIAL VOLUME ESTIMATION IN MANAGED FORESTS IN THE AMAZON. CERNE, [S.l.], p. 315-330, nov. 2020. ISSN 2317-6342. Available at: <http://cerne.ufla.br/site/index.php/CERNE/article/view/2529>. Date accessed: 18 jan. 2021.
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