A New Height Growth Model for Dominant and Codominant Trees
Abstract:A model was developed to predict height growth for dominant and codominant trees, using asymptotic tree height, and tree height at the age of maximum height growth as principal characteristics to express the influence of site on tree height. The proposed model has many desirable attributes: it (1) produces polymorphic site-index curves, (2) contains an inflection point, (3) asymptotically approaches maximum tree height as age increases, (4) is mathematically defined at the point of origin, and (5) has a theoretical base (pipe model theory) for height growth. Model performance was evaluated with stem analysis data taken from naturally regenerated forest stands of mature to overmature balsam fir (Abies balsamea [L.] Mill.) and black spruce (Picea mariana Mill.) growing in two separate regions within New Brunswick, Canada. The model was also evaluated by analyzing its ability to reproduce existing site index curves for red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.). The results indicate that the proposed model performs slightly better than an existing 5-parameter model based on the Richards' growth function. For. Sci. 43(3):348-354.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B. Canada E3B 6C2
Publication date: August 1, 1997
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