Calibrating a taper model for oriental spruce in Turkey

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Ramazan Özçelik
Quang V. CAO


In this study, Max and Burkhart (1976)’s segmented taper model was used to describe stem profile and predict stem volume of oriental spruce in Turkey. Thirty methods were evaluated, which include five fitting methods and six adjustment strategies. The fitting methods resulted in parameters that were optimized for (1) taper, (2) cumulative volume, (3) taper and cumulative volume, (4) taper and total volume, and (5) taper, cumulative volume, and total volume. The adjustment methods are (1) unadjusted, and adjusted to match (2) DBH, (3) predicted total volume, (4) DBH and predicted total volume, (5) a combined estimator, and (6) DBH and a combined estimator. Results showed that, without adjustment, the model with parameters optimized for taper gave good prediction for both taper and cumulative volume. Mixed results were obtained when various adjustment methods were used on different fitting techniques. The overall best-ranked method for predicting both taper and volume was the model optimized for taper and cumulative volume and then adjusted to fit the combined estimator.

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Hakkı YAVUZ, Dr.

Karadeniz Technical University, Faculty of Forestry