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A Method for Estimation of Fractal Dimension of Tree Crowns

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A method is proposed for estimating fractal dimension of tree crowns from measurements of foliage mass and crown volume. Because fractal dimensions for each of the ten investigated species were greater than two, crown surface and volume depend on the unit of measurement. The power relationship between foliage mass and crown volume reflects self-similarity of tree crowns. In all studied cases, fractal dimensions of dominant trees were greater than those of intermediate trees of the same species. Fractal dimension can be used as an indicator of tolerance, crown class, and foliage distribution within a crown. For. Sci. 37(5):1253-1265.
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Keywords: Allometry and fractals; crown self-similarity; crown structure; foliage distribution; fractal geometry

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Physics, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Publication date: 01 November 1991

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