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Tree Physiol. 2000 Mar;20(5_6):393-398.

Initializing a model stand for process-based projection.

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USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station, P.O. Box 640, Durham, NH 03824-0640, USA.


A stand generation (or initialization) procedure is designed to furnish morphologically plausible model trees for process-based projection. The steps of the initialization are: (i) the generation of the locations of model trees and the tessellation of tree areas; (ii) the sampling of diameters from a target distribution and assignments of those diameters to model-tree locations; (iii) the calculation of the height of each model tree from its assigned diameter and the distances to its neighbors; (iv) the calculation of the crown length of each model tree from its height and distances to its neighbors; and (v) the recalculation of diameter from height and crown length. Components of dry matter are calculated from the model-tree dimensions and pipe-model theory. Process-based projection with the AMORPHYS model is discussed.


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