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Deriving tree growth models from stand models based on the self-thinning rule of Chinese fir plantations

Xiongqing Zhang (1-2), Quang V Cao (3), Yancheng Qu (1), Jianguo Zhang (1)   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 1-7 (2022)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor3792-014
Published: Jan 13, 2022 - Copyright © 2022 SISEF

Research Articles


Self-thinning due to density-dependent mortality usually occurs during the forest development. To improve predictions of such processes during forest successions under climate change, reliable stand-level models are needed. In this study, we developed an integrated system of tree- and stand-level models by deriving tree diameter and survival models from stand growth and survival models based on climate-sensitive self-thinning rule of Chinese fir plantations in subtropical China. The resulting integrated system, having a unified mathematical structure, should provide consistent estimates at both tree and stand levels. Predictions were reasonable at both stand and tree levels. Because stand-level values aggregated from the tree model outputs are different from those predicted directly from the stand models, the disaggregation approach was applied to provide numerical consistency between models of different resolutions. Compared to the unadjusted approach, predictions from the disaggregation approach were slightly worse for tree survival but slightly better for tree diameter. Because the stand models were developed under the climate-sensitive self-thinning trajectory, the integrated system could offer reasonable predictions that could aid in managing Chinese fir plantations under climate change.

  Keywords


Chinese Fir, Self-thinning Rule, Disaggregation, Stand Model, Tree Model

Authors’ address

(1)
Xiongqing Zhang 0000-0001-5592-6730
Yancheng Qu
Jianguo Zhang
Key Laboratory of Tree Breeding and Cultivation of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, Research Institute of Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091 (P. R. China)
(2)
Xiongqing Zhang 0000-0001-5592-6730
Collaborative Innovation Center of Sustainable Forestry in Southern China, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, 210037 (P. R. China)
(3)
Quang V Cao 0000-0002-0155-4940
School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University (USA)

Corresponding author

 
Jianguo Zhang
xqzhang85@yahoo.com

Citation

Zhang X, Cao QV, Qu Y, Zhang J (2022). Deriving tree growth models from stand models based on the self-thinning rule of Chinese fir plantations. iForest 15: 1-7. - doi: 10.3832/ifor3792-014

Academic Editor

Alessio Collalti

Paper history

Received: Feb 24, 2021
Accepted: Nov 17, 2021

First online: Jan 13, 2022
Publication Date: Feb 28, 2022
Publication Time: 1.90 months

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