Evaluation of K-tree Distance and Fixed-Sized Plot Sampling in Zagros Forests of Western Iran

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dc.contributor.author Soosani, J.
dc.contributor.author Shataee, Sh.
dc.contributor.author Fallah, A.
dc.contributor.author Naghavi, H.
dc.contributor.author Grafström, A.
dc.contributor.author Ramezani, H.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-21T07:50:45Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-21T07:50:45Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4261
dc.description paper en_US
dc.description.abstract Three k-tree distance and fixed-sized plot designs were used for estimating tree density in sparse Oak forests. These forests cover the main part of the Zagros mountain area in western Iran. They are non-timber-oriented forest but important for protection purposes. The main objective was to investigate the statistical performance of k-tree distance and fixed-sized plot designs in the estimation of tree density. In addition, the cost (time required) of data collection using both k-tree distance and fixed-sized plot designs was estimated. Monte-Carlo sampling simulation was used in order to compare the different strategies. The bias of the k-tree distance designs estimators decreased with increasing the value of k. The Moore’s estimator produced the smallest bias, followed by Kleinn and Vilcko and then Prodan. In terms of cost-efficiency, Moore’s estimator was the best and Prodan’s estimator was superior to Kleinn and Vilcko’s estimator. Cost-efficiency of ktree distance design is related to three factors: sample size, the value of k, and spatial distribution of trees in a forest stand. Moore’s estimator had the best statistical performance in terms of bias, in all four-study sites. Thus, it can be concluded that Moore’s estimator can have a better performance in forests with different tree distribution. Keyword: Boundary correction, Monte-Carlo simulation, Oak forest, Plot less sampling, Variable plot sampling en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher JKUAT en_US
dc.subject Variable plot sampling en_US
dc.subject Plot less sampling en_US
dc.subject Oak forest en_US
dc.subject Monte-Carlo simulation en_US
dc.subject Boundary correction en_US
dc.title Evaluation of K-tree Distance and Fixed-Sized Plot Sampling in Zagros Forests of Western Iran en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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