Modeling forest stand structure within a process-based model
Keywords: process-based model, CASTANEA, stand structure, forest management, tree competition
A new empirical between-tree interaction module was implemented in the CASTANEA process-based forest stand model. The resulting functional-structural plant model demonstrates its ability to predict the morphological trajectories of individual trees grown in contrasted site conditions. The presented stand structure modeling can be profitably used to investigate forest responses to global changes and to design new silvicultural guidelines.
4B Growth and development of plant communities
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