Specific leaf area, biomass equations and leaf area equations for European tree species

Published: 22-06-2017| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/4jytx9s44j.1
David Forrester,
Somidh Saha,
Tzvetan Zlatanov,
Hendrik Stark,
Ricardo Ruiz-Peinado Gertrudix,
Peter Annighoefer,
Heloise Tachauer,
Giorgio Vacchiano,
Hans Pretzsch,
Ignacio Barbeito,
Tamalika Chakraborty,
Gudeta Sileshi


The data set contains specific leaf area data, biomass equations and leaf area equations for 24 European tree species and 3 introduced species. This includes 868 equations from the literature and 105 raw data sets that were either from the literature or our own data. The number of biomass or leaf area measurements used to produce the equations or included as raw data was > 60,000. The specific leaf area data was also obtained from the literature. The equations were used to produce pseudo-observations of mass or leaf area and were combined with the raw data sets to develop new “general” equations for each species and biomass component (foliage, branch, stem, root, aboveground) that can account for factors describing stand structure and age by including those factors as independent variables. These general equations are provided in separate worksheets of this dataset. The main findings and methodology are described in Forrester et al. (in review). Forrester, D. I., Tachauer, I. H. H., Annighoefer, P., Barbeito, I., Pretzsch, H., Ruiz-Peinado, R., Stark, H., Vacchiano, V., Zlatanov, T., Chakraborty, T., Saha, S., Sileshi, G. W. in review. Biomass and leaf area allometric equations for European tree species incorporating stand structure and tree age.