Reference charts have long been used in the medical field for quantitative clinical assessment of juvenile development by plotting distribution quantiles for a selected attribute (e.g., height) against age for specified peer populations. Wepropose that early stand dynamics is an area of study that could benefit from the descriptions and analyses offered by similar references for various tree measures. Reference charts provide a flexible quantitative framework that would complement traditional methods for assessing tree development. In young, mixed stands, competitive dynamics are, in part, a function of intraspecific, interspecific, and temporal variation in height development. A suite of reference charts can explicitly describe each of these, offering additional context and potentially greater insight into the complex development patterns of young trees. We illustrate this possibility and potential applications by constructing height–age reference charts for several tree species in young, mixed stands within the Missouri Ozarks.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Forest Research|
|State||Published - 2017|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The lead author is especially grateful to Scarlett, Autumn, and Hazel Vickers for inspiring and sustaining this effort with serendipitous visits to the pediatrician. He thanks Dr. Amanda Vickers for engaging discussions on the use of reference charts by physicians and their potential for forestry applications. All authors thank the Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service for funding assistance and the efforts of numerous current and former employees, including Ivan Sander and Paul Johnson, in administering studies and preserving data that we were fortunate to utilize. We similarly thank the Missouri Department of Conservation for funding assistance and the efforts of Randy Jensen and numerous other employees in administering studies and preserving data. This article was improved by helpful suggestions and statistical advice from Paul L. Speckman.
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- Height growth
- Stand dynamics
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Global and Planetary Change