A stand is a contiguous area that contains a number of trees that are relatively homogeneous or have a common set of characteristics. Normally a stand will be studied or managed as a single unit.
Stand measurement involves the measurement of individual trees within the stand. The parameters measured, and the ways trees are selected for measurement will depend on the measurement objectives. The measurements are summarised using statistical and visual techniques to provide the user with a quick and efficient way of interpreting the data.
The focus of many stand measurements parallel tree measurements. For example, we can talk about stand height in the same way as tree height, and use it for the same reason, i.e. stand height is related to stand volume and stand growth.
Stand parameters of interest include: