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STEMS Model Projection Capability with Incomplete Tree List Input Data

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Projections were made using the STEMS individual tree based stand growth model for plots in red pine, maple-birch, and aspen cover types for periods up to 50 years. Effects of incomplete tree list input data on plots in the form of small tree censorship (omission of small trees) and tree list aggregation (by size class) were examined by comparing projections made for complete plot tree lists (controls) with projections made after these tree lists were censored and aggregated (treatments). Basal area and number of trees estimates proved highly sensitive to censorship, while volume estimates were much less sensitive. Augmentation of censored distributions by an "average" small tree distribution for the cover type resulted in significant improvement of these estimates. Projection model capability using input data aggregated by size class depended on the degree of aggregation. For some types of aggregation, for example by 2-in. dbh classes, the STEMS model retains much of its predictive utility. North. J. Appl. For. 5:190-194, Sept. 1988.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station, 1992 Folwell Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108

Publication date: 1988-09-01

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