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Slash Pine Site Index From a Polymorphic Model by Joining (Splining) Nonpolynomial Segments With an Algebraic Difference Method

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Site index curves for slash pine plantations were improved by splining segments of two published height-age models in the form of algebraic differences thus avoiding the numerical approximation of derivatives. The splined site curves fit better than any single model across the entire range of data and have the desirable properties: (1) height is zero when age is zero, (2) height at base age equals site index, (3) each curve has a separate upper asymptote, and (4) the curves are invariant with respect to choice of base age. Forest Sci. 30:411--423.

Keywords: Pinus elliottii; height age curves; spline

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Mensurationist, USFS Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Athens, Georgia

Publication date: 1984-06-01

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