Comparison of two parameter recovery methods for the transformation of Pinus sylvestris yield tables into a diameter distribution model

Key message

We successfully transformed Pinus sylvestris yield tables into diameter distribution models. The best results were obtained with the parameter recovery method based on both mean and quadratic mean diameter, which explained 70% of the variability of frequencies by diameter classes and provided better results in the analysis of errors. On the other hand, the method based on stand density, dominant diameter and quadratic mean diameter explained less variability of frequencies by diameter classes (64.4%).

Abstract

Context Old datasets used to develop yield table models can be recovered to transform those yield tables into diameter distribution models that provide a more detailed description of size variability and forest structure.
Aims We used archived measurements collected to develop yield table models for Pinus sylvestris L in central Spain, to transform those yield tables into a diameter distribution model by using parameter recovery methods.
Methods We compared two different parameter recovery methods, one based on both mean and quadratic mean diameter and another one based on dominant diameter, stand density and quadratic mean diameter and used a set of 104 even aged plots to analyze the performance of the said methods for the transformation of Pinus sylvestris L yield tables in central Spain into a diameter distribution model.
Results The parameter recovery method based on both mean and quadratic mean diameter explained 70% of the variability of frequencies by diameter classes and provided better results than the method based on stand density, dominant diameter and quadratic mean diameter that explained 64.4% of the variability of frequencies by diameter classes. However, more important than the method itself were the errors that propagated from the models predicting the different variables used in the parameter recovery.
Conclusion Based on the results from the analysis of errors by diameter classes, the method using both mean and quadratic mean diameter outperformed the method using dominant diameter, stand density and quadratic mean diameter and is the best option to transform P. sylvestris yield tables into diameter distribution models.

Keywords
Parameter recovery method; Diameter distribution; Growth model; Stand model; Yield table

Publication
Mauro, F., García-Abril, A., Ayuga-Téllez, E. et al. Comparison of two parameter recovery methods for the transformation of Pinus sylvestris yield tables into a diameter distribution model. Annals of Forest Science 78, 12 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13595-021-01028-5

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Data availability
The datasets generated during and/or analyzed during the current study are available at the Zenodo repository: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3934885

Handling Editor
Céline Meredieu

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