the quantity of damage, or the quantity of a damaging agent, affecting sample entities within a sampling unit. It is a damage-rating measurement, (an average) that considers only affected entities and is damage type or agent specific. Severity cannot be applied at the stand level. The terms intensity, yield/growth effects, or impacts should be applied at the stand or higher levels.
This value quantifies the impact of a defect on functionality with 1 being most severe to 5 being least severe. For example, severity 1 generally means that a defect caused an loss of functionality without a workaround where severity 5 generally means that the impact is superficial and did not cause any major disruptions to functionality.