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Forest Biometry

About the course

This course aims to provide an overview of the methods of measuring the tree resources present in the forest. Going by the adage "whatever cannot be measured, cannot be managed," the estimation of the tree resources becomes crucial for managing a forest. It is important whether the forests are to be managed for commercial purposes such as wood production and energy production, or for non-commercial purposes. Forest biometry forms the foundation for the preparation of working plans that are technical documents for the working of any forest in India. The course will not only focus on the theories of measurement, but shall also provide an overview of the instrumentation basics of various equipments used for the purpose.

Intended Audience
Officers and staff of Forest departments, Students of Forestry, Students of Agriculture, Policy makers

Has cleared 10+2 with science

Industries that will recognize this course
Green energy industries, Renewable energy / materials industry, Bio-fuel industries, Paper and pulp manufacturing industries, Plywood industries, Agroforestry industries.

480 students have enrolled already!!

Course instructor

Dr. Ankur Awadhiya (B. Tech IIT Kanpur 2009, Ph. D IIT Kanpur 2015, AIGNFA IGNFA Dehradun 2016) is an IFS officer borne on the Madhya Pradesh cadre. His interests include photography, tourism, research, instrumentation and creative literary pursuits.

Prof. Mainak Das is an agriculture graduate (1989-1994) from College of Agriculture Indore, India. He did his master’s in animal physiology (1994-1997) from National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, India. Later, he did his doctoral studies (2004-2008) in biomedical sciences from University of Central Florida, USA. Since April 2010, he is a tenured faculty in bioengineering and design at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. His area of research is green energy, bio-electricity, physiology and sensors.

Course layout

Week 1:


Week 2: 

Tree form

Week 3: 

Tree diameter

Week 4: 

Tree height

Week 5: 

Tree canopy

Week 6: 

Basal area

Week 7: 


Week 8: 

Measurement of other attributes

Suggested Reading

  • Forest Mensuration by Anthonie van Laar and Alparslan Akça
  • Selected articles / papers as referred to in the lectures

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exam: April 27th 2019 (Saturday).
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 2 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.