Modelling stem properties for eucalypts
PhD student Daniel Boczniewicz is working on developing a stem taper model for Eucalyptus globoidea. His most recent fieldwork was in the Okuti Valley, Canterbury, where he worked in a 29-year old Eucalyptus globoidea stand.
Thirty one trees were harvested and their taper was analysed. In addition, 315 discs were collected. These were analysed to provide the taper data of heartwood. Finally, all the standing trees were GPS-located for future analysis of environmental effects on heartwood formation.
Back in the office, Daniel has been working on modelling taper and volume, using the collected data and statistical tools and software.
Watch Daniel's video about his work