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Climatic factors defining the height growth curve of forest species

Elvis Felipe Elli (1)   , Braulio Otomar Caron (1), Alexandre Behling (2), Elder Eloy (1), Velci Queiróz De Souza (1), Felipe Schwerz (1), John Robert Stolzle (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 10, Issue 3, Pages 547-553 (2017)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2189-010
Published: May 05, 2017 - Copyright © 2017 SISEF

Research Articles

The aim of this study was to modify several existing biological models by including several predictive variables that take into account the effect of climatic factors on tree height growth. Tree height was measured from 2007 to 2014 on 18 trees for each of the following species: Eucalyptus urophylla × Eucalyptus grandis, Parapiptadenia rigida, Peltophorum dubium, Mimosa scabrella and Schizolobium parahybae. Different existing nonlinear models were fitted to the observed data, and the best fitting models were selected. The inclusion of climatic variables into the selected models (mainly minimum temperature and rainfall) improved their predictions of tree height growth with age, and provided more accurate estimates than those obtained by traditional nonlinear models. Simulations were carried out to explore the variation of tree height growth under different minimum temperature and precipitation regimes. The effects of frost and rainfall variation on height growth curves and their consequences for forest management are discussed.


Von Bertalanffy-Richards’ Model, Mean Minimum Temperature, Rainfall, Frost

Authors’ address

Elvis Felipe Elli
Braulio Otomar Caron
Elder Eloy
Velci Queiróz De Souza
Felipe Schwerz
John Robert Stolzle
Federal University of Santa Maria, Frederico Westphalen Campus, Graduate Program in Agronomy - Agriculture and Environment. Linha Sete de Setembro n/a, Highway 386 km 40, CEP 98400-000, Frederico Westphalen, Rio Grande do Sul State (Brazil)
Alexandre Behling
Federal University of Paraná, Graduate Program in Forest Engineering. Av. Pref. Lothário Meissner, 900, Jardim Bot’nico, Campus III, CEP 80210-160, Curitiba, Paraná (Brazil)

Corresponding author

Elvis Felipe Elli


Elli EF, Caron BO, Behling A, Eloy E, Queiróz De Souza V, Schwerz F, Stolzle JR (2017). Climatic factors defining the height growth curve of forest species. iForest 10: 547-553. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2189-010

Academic Editor

Giustino Tonon

Paper history

Received: Aug 03, 2016
Accepted: Feb 19, 2017

First online: May 05, 2017
Publication Date: Jun 30, 2017
Publication Time: 2.50 months

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