Dynamic Modelling of Tree Form

Oscar Garcia


Tree profile or taper models are an important component of decision support systems for forest management. An extensive body of theory and observations on the mechanisms of tree form development has accumulated over the last 150 years. Quantitative mensurational models, however, have made little use of that information. Taper models remain largely empirical and static, describing tree dimensions and shape at one point in time. Here taper equations are derived from simplified models of radial stem growth consistent with physiological knowledge. It is expected that this approach may improve accuracy, especially when stands are subjected to varied density management alternatives.


taper, tree growth, pipe model

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