I'm currently working on a project to measure the impact of tree planting. Calculating the amount of oxygen seems harder than I imagined.
Of-course there's the type and size of the tree and the environment (soil and air consistency), but there are plenty of other variables in play of which I have no knowledge of (being an engineer, not a biologist).
From a computational standpoint I'm looking for rough and finer methods of calculation for the amount of oxygen the following produce:
- A tree
- A large forest
- Multiple countries with their forest
The one tree can be calculated exact, given enough variables. Oxygen during the day, during the night, tracked over it's age, etc.
A large forest will be calculated more approximate. Extra relevant would be how growth and oxygen production are influenced by tree density (trees per square mile).
Calculating multiple countries would be a whole other problem. It looks like it's very hard to prevent estimations from completely destroying the accuracy of calculations.
Basically I've written down some concerns and now I'm looking for a way of actually calculating these numbers and preferably some real numbers to validate against. The internet is crawling with estimates ((1)(2)(3)(4) and many, many more), but finding decent sources to compare your calculations seems hard.
How does one usually tackle this calculation problem?