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Comment on “Estimating canopy fuel characteristics in five conifer stands in the western United States using tree and stand measurements”

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Reinhardt et al. (E. Reinhardt, J. Scott, K. Gray, and R. Keane, Can. J. For. Res. 36: 2803–2814, 2006) questioned the validity of the regression equations for estimating canopy base heights in coniferous forest fuel types developed by Cruz et al. (M.G. Cruz, M.E. Alexander, and R.H. Wakimoto, Int. J. Wildland Fire, 12: 39–50, 2003) to produce logical results when applied to simulations involving low thinning. This turns out to be an error in interpretation with regard to the stand height input parameter.

Reinhardt et al. (E.Reinhardt, J.Scott, K.Gray et R.Keane, Rev. can. rech. for. 36 : 2803–2814, 2006) ont mis en doute la validité des équations de régression servant à estimer la hauteur de la base du couvert dans les types de combustibles associés aux forêts de conifères, développées par Cruz et al. (M.G.Cruz, M.E.Alexander et R.H.Wakimoto, Int. J.Wildland Fire, 12 : 39–50, 2003), quant à leur capacité à fournir des résultats logiques lorsqu’elles sont utilisées dans des simulations impliquant une éclaircie par le bas. Il s’agit en fait d’une erreur d’interprétation concernant le paramètre d’entrée pour la hauteur du peuplement.

Document Type: Discussion

Publication date: November 1, 2010

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