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Is De Liocourt's Distribution Stable?

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This study analyzes the stability of De Liocourt's distribution, investigating the influence of factors such as site index, recruitment, and basal area. It is proved that De Liocourt's distribution is not stable, and some simple models providing better fit to the stable diameter distribution of the stand than De Liocourt's are introduced. The stable diameter distributions obtained were characterized by a decrease in stem density in relation to the corresponding De Liocourt's distributions for low- and high-diameter classes and an increase for intermediate-diameter classes. Despite their instability, De Liocourt's distributions have shown a high degree of fit to the corresponding stable diameter distributions. The goodness of fit between both distributions was better for high recruitment, high site quality, and low basal area.

Keywords: De Liocourt's distribution; Pinus nigra; population growth rate; projection matrix model; stability; sustainability

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2012

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