Modelling growing space requirements for some tropical forest tree species.

Michael David Swaine, Ernest Foli, D. Alder, H.G. Miller

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Abstract

The importance of crown data in improving the reliability of growth models for stand management has long been established, but such data are scarce for tropical forests. This paper reports studies of crown diameter-bole diameter relationships of five mixed tropical forest species by regression methods. The regression explained 77% of the variation in crown diameter. Growing space was associated with crown size, and models were developed from which growing space, limiting stocking and stand basal area density can be predicted. The paper demonstrates, e.g., that trees of 60 cm bole diameter would each require 0.009 ha of growing space with a density of about 107 stems ha(-1). Stand basal area converges around 31 m(2) ha(-1). In silvicultural practice, the baseline information provided by this study could serve as a guide for planting distances and crop density in industrial plantations of similar indigenous mixed tropical forest species. Published by Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages9
JournalForest Ecology and Management
Volume173
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • crown diameter
  • stand basal area
  • stocking
  • plantation
  • LINEAR-REGRESSION
  • CROWN WIDTH
  • GROWTH
  • AREA
  • DIAMETER
  • COMPETITION
  • HEIGHT
  • SPRUCE
  • GHANA

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