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Tree volume modeling for forest types in the Atlantic Forest: generic and specific models

Vinicius Costa Cysneiros (1)   , Tatiana Dias Gaui (2-3), Telmo Borges Silveira Filho (4), Allan Libanio Pelissari (1), Sebastião do Amaral Machado (1), Daniel Costa De Carvalho (3), Tom Adnet Moura (4), Hugo Barbosa Amorim (4)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 13, Issue 5, Pages 417-425 (2020)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor3495-013
Published: Sep 16, 2020 - Copyright © 2020 SISEF

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National Forest Inventories are important primary data sources for large-scale forest resource surveys, in which volume estimates of sampled trees are essential for quantitative analysis. Volume prediction models in natural forests are scarce in Brazil due to legal restrictions for cutting trees, especially in the Atlantic Forest. This study aimed to fit volume models for the main forest types and timber species of the Atlantic Forest in Rio de Janeiro state, considering two hypotheses: (I) generic volume models provide greater generalizability of estimates; however, (II) they may reduce the accuracy of forest type- and species-specific predictions. Four linear models with logarithmic transformation of variables were evaluated to fit volume models for generic and specific datasets, which correspond to the main forest types and timber species. Goodness-of-fit statistics were calculated to compare the accuracy and efficiency of the models, and selected models were validated through leave-one-out cross-validation procedures. The estimates obtained by generic and specific models were compared by non-parametric hypothesis tests. Generic models showed similar predictions to the specific models for forest types and timber species, with similar potential for stem and total volume predictions. Therefore, generic models can be used for Atlantic Forests in Rio de Janeiro state, while specific models are recommended to obtain more detailed local estimates.


Allometric Models, National Forest Inventory, Non-destructive Methods, Goodness-of-fit, Stem and Total Volume

Authors’ address

Vinicius Costa Cysneiros 0000-0002-1365-9360
Allan Libanio Pelissari 0000-0002-0915-0238
Sebastião do Amaral Machado 0000-0003-1010-4623
Universidade Federal do Paraná - UFPR, Av. Prof. Lothario Meissner 632, Jardim Botânico, CEP 80.210-170, Curitiba, PR (Brazil)
Tatiana Dias Gaui 0000-0002-1793-3275
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia - INPA, Av. André Araújo 2936, Petrópolis, CEP 69.067-375, Manaus, AM (Brazil)
Tatiana Dias Gaui 0000-0002-1793-3275
Daniel Costa De Carvalho
Universidade de Brasília - UnB, Asa Norte, CEP 70.910-900, Brasília, DF (Brazil)
Telmo Borges Silveira Filho 0000-0002-0359-5826
Tom Adnet Moura 0000-0002-5600-3281
Hugo Barbosa Amorim
Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro - UFRRJ, Rodovia BR 465, Km 7, Seropédica, CEP 23.890-000, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

Corresponding author

Vinicius Costa Cysneiros


Cysneiros VC, Gaui TD, Silveira Filho TB, Pelissari AL, Machado SA, De Carvalho DC, Moura TA, Amorim HB (2020). Tree volume modeling for forest types in the Atlantic Forest: generic and specific models. iForest 13: 417-425. - doi: 10.3832/ifor3495-013

Academic Editor

Nicola Puletti

Paper history

Received: May 05, 2020
Accepted: Jul 08, 2020

First online: Sep 16, 2020
Publication Date: Oct 31, 2020
Publication Time: 2.33 months

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