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Deriving Tree Diameter Growth and Probability of Survival Equations from Successive Diameter Distributions

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Many growth and yield models have used statistical probability distributions to estimate the diameter distribution of a stand at any age. Equations for approximating individual tree diameter growth and survival probabilities from dbh can be derived from these models. A general procedure for determining the functions is discussed and illustrated using a loblolly pine spacing study. The results from the spacing study show that it is possible to define tree diameter growth and survival probability functions from diameter distributions with an accuracy sufficient to obtain a link between the individual tree and diameter growth and yield models.

Keywords: Pinus taeda; Weibull distribution; old-field; plantation; survival probabilities

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2008

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