DEVELOPMENT OF INDIVIDUAL TREE GROWTH MODELS BASED ON DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS

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Breno Rodrigues Mendes Natalino Calegario Carlos Eduardo Silva Volpato Anabel Aparecida de Mello

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This study generate individual tree non-linear models from differential equation and evaluated the adjustment quality to express the basal area growth. The data base is from continuous forest inventory of clonal Eucalyptus spp. plantations, given by Aracruz Cellulose Company, located in the Brazilian costal region, Bahia and Espirito Santo states. The model precision was verified by ratio likelihood test, by mean square error (MSE) and by graphical residual analysis. The results showed that the complete model with 3 parameters, developed from the original model with one regressor, was superior to the other models, due to the inclusion of stand based variables, such as: clone, total height (HT), dominant height (HD), quadratic diameter (Dg), Basal Area (G), site index (IS) and Density (N), generating a new model, called Complete Model III. The improvement of the precision was highly significant when compared to another models. Consequently, this model provides information with a high degree of precision and accuracy for the forest companies planning.

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MENDES, Breno Rodrigues et al. DEVELOPMENT OF INDIVIDUAL TREE GROWTH MODELS BASED ON DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS. CERNE, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 3, p. 254-263, sep. 2015. ISSN 2317-6342. Available at: <http://cerne.ufla.br/site/index.php/CERNE/article/view/387>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2019.
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Growth model, differential equations, individual tree, Eucalyptus spp
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