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New Model Predicts Urban Tree Growth

Title: Urban tree growth modeling

Author: McPherson, E. Gregory; Peper, Paula J.;

Date: 2012

Source: Journal of Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. 38(5): 175-183

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: This paper describes three long-term tree growth studies conducted to evaluate tree performance because repeated measurements of the same trees produce critical data for growth model calibration and validation. Several empirical and process-based approaches to modeling tree growth are reviewed. Modeling is more advanced in the fields of forestry and pomology than in urban forestry. The USDA Forest Service’s reference city research has developed over 1,800 growth equations from measurements on over 17,000 trees in 16 cities. The database is a valuable source of information that reflects regional differences in species composition, climate, soils,, site conditions and management practices. Several examples illustrate how differences in local climate and management practices can influence growth of a single species and the resulting value of services. Further advances in urban tree growth modeling are needed to inform the design, management and modeling of high performing landscapes.

Keywords: Urban forest, Predictive equations, Allometry, Ecosystem services, Tree growth

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McPherson, E. Gregory; Peper, Paula J. 2012. Urban tree growth modeling. Journal of Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. 38(5): 175-183.


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