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Equations Relating Compacted and Uncompacted Live Crown Ratio for Common Tree Species in the South

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Species-specific equations to predict uncompacted crown ratio (UNCR) from compacted live crown ratio (CCR), tree length, and stem diameter were developed for 24 species and 12 genera in the southern United States. Using data from the US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis program, nonlinear regression was used to model UNCR with a logistic function. Model performance was evaluated with standard fit statistics (root mean squared error, mean absolute error, mean error, and model efficiency) and by comparing the results of using the observed and predicted UNCR values in secondary applications. Root mean squared error for the regression models ranged from 0.062 to 0.176 UNCR and averaged 0.114 UNCR across all models. Height to live crown base calculations and crown width estimations based on the observed and predicted UNCR values were in close agreement. Overall, the models performed well for the Pinus and Taxodium genera and several individual hardwood species; however, model performance was generally poor for the Acer, Quercus, and Carya genera.
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Keywords: Forest Inventory and Analysis; crown base height; crown modeling; forest inventory; nonlinear regression

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-08-01

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