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Height-diameter allometry of tropical forest trees

Height-diameter allometry of tropical forest trees
Height-diameter allometry of tropical forest trees
Annual precipitation coefficient of variation (PV), dry season length (SD), and mean annual air temperature (TA) emerged as key drivers of variation in H:D relationships at the pantropical and region scales. Vegetation structure also played a role with trees in forests of a high A being, on average, taller at any given D. After the effects of environment and forest structure are taken into account, two main regional groups can be identified. Forests in Asia, Africa and the Guyana Shield all have, on average, similar H:D relationships, but with trees in the forests of much of the Amazon Basin and tropical Australia typically being shorter at any given D than their counterparts elsewhere. The region-environment-structure model with the lowest Akaike's information criterion and lowest deviation estimated stand-level H across all plots to within amedian ?2.7 to 0.9% of the true value. Some of the plot-to-plot variability in H:D relationships not accounted for by this model could be attributed to variations in soil physical conditions. Other things being equal, trees tend to be more slender in the absence of soil physical constraints, especially at smaller D. Pantropical and continental-level models provided less robust estimates of H, especially when the roles of climate and stand structure in modulating H:D allometry were not simultaneously taken into account.
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Feldpausch, T.R., Banin, L., Phillips, O.L., Baker, T.R., Lewis, S.L., Quesada, C.A., Affum-Baffoe, K., Arets, E.J.M.M., Berry, N.J., Bird, M., Brondizio, E.S., de Camargo, P., Chave, J., Djagbletey, G., Domingues, T.F., Drescher, M., Fearnside, P.M., França, M.B., Fyllas, N.M., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Hladik, A., Higuchi, N., Hunter, M.O., Iida, Y., Salim, K.A., Kassim, A.R., Keller, M., Kemp, J., King, D.A., Lovett, J.C., Marimon, B.S., Marimon-Junior, B.H., Lenza, E., Marshall, A.R., Metcalfe, D.J., Mitchard, E.T.A., Moran, E.F., Nelson, B.W., Nilus, R., Nogueira, E.M., Palace, M., Patiño, S., Peh, Kelvin S.-H., Raventos, M.T., Reitsma, J.M., Saiz, G., Schrodt, F., Sonké, B., Taedoumg, H.E., Tan, S., White, L., Wöll, H. and Lloyd, J. (2011) Height-diameter allometry of tropical forest trees. Biogeosciences, 8 (5), 1081-1106. (doi:10.5194/bg-8-1081-2011).

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Abstract

Annual precipitation coefficient of variation (PV), dry season length (SD), and mean annual air temperature (TA) emerged as key drivers of variation in H:D relationships at the pantropical and region scales. Vegetation structure also played a role with trees in forests of a high A being, on average, taller at any given D. After the effects of environment and forest structure are taken into account, two main regional groups can be identified. Forests in Asia, Africa and the Guyana Shield all have, on average, similar H:D relationships, but with trees in the forests of much of the Amazon Basin and tropical Australia typically being shorter at any given D than their counterparts elsewhere. The region-environment-structure model with the lowest Akaike's information criterion and lowest deviation estimated stand-level H across all plots to within amedian ?2.7 to 0.9% of the true value. Some of the plot-to-plot variability in H:D relationships not accounted for by this model could be attributed to variations in soil physical conditions. Other things being equal, trees tend to be more slender in the absence of soil physical constraints, especially at smaller D. Pantropical and continental-level models provided less robust estimates of H, especially when the roles of climate and stand structure in modulating H:D allometry were not simultaneously taken into account.

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Published date: 2011
Organisations: Centre for Biological Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 352978
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/352978
ISSN: 1726-4170
PURE UUID: 5ceacd56-8172-446d-b737-ea788c8ee63c
ORCID for Kelvin S.-H. Peh: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2921-1341

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Author: T.R. Feldpausch
Author: L. Banin
Author: O.L. Phillips
Author: T.R. Baker
Author: S.L. Lewis
Author: C.A. Quesada
Author: K. Affum-Baffoe
Author: E.J.M.M. Arets
Author: N.J. Berry
Author: M. Bird
Author: E.S. Brondizio
Author: P. de Camargo
Author: J. Chave
Author: G. Djagbletey
Author: T.F. Domingues
Author: M. Drescher
Author: P.M. Fearnside
Author: M.B. França
Author: N.M. Fyllas
Author: G. Lopez-Gonzalez
Author: A. Hladik
Author: N. Higuchi
Author: M.O. Hunter
Author: Y. Iida
Author: K.A. Salim
Author: A.R. Kassim
Author: M. Keller
Author: J. Kemp
Author: D.A. King
Author: J.C. Lovett
Author: B.S. Marimon
Author: B.H. Marimon-Junior
Author: E. Lenza
Author: A.R. Marshall
Author: D.J. Metcalfe
Author: E.T.A. Mitchard
Author: E.F. Moran
Author: B.W. Nelson
Author: R. Nilus
Author: E.M. Nogueira
Author: M. Palace
Author: S. Patiño
Author: M.T. Raventos
Author: J.M. Reitsma
Author: G. Saiz
Author: F. Schrodt
Author: B. Sonké
Author: H.E. Taedoumg
Author: S. Tan
Author: L. White
Author: H. Wöll
Author: J. Lloyd

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