Improving methodologies for measuring stem-flow in forest plots


The aims of the project were to:

  • Design a method to measure stemflow in oak trees but could be adapted to other species
  • Compare the stemflow in different stands in terms of their diameter, position in relation to one another (dominant and submissive) and branching
  • Look at past papers and research into stemflow of oak trees and other species
  • Use data collected to complete accurate water budget for ‘Level II’ plot at Alice Holt.


Ten stemflow collectors were installed at the Alice Holt Level II forest monitoring plot in a pilot study undertaken by Matthew Williams in 2002-3.

Description of pilot study and results obtained (PDF-825K)
(BSc dissertation - University of Southampton 2004)

  • Stemflow collector
    Final stemflow collector design
  • Stemflow collector
    Automated stemflow collector