An empirical mixed model to quantify climate influence on the growth of Pinus halepensis Mill. stands in South-Eastern Spain

Condes Ruiz, Sonia and Garcia Robredo, Fernando (2012). An empirical mixed model to quantify climate influence on the growth of Pinus halepensis Mill. stands in South-Eastern Spain. "Forest Ecology And Management", v. 284 ; pp. 59-68. ISSN 0378-1127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2012.07.030.

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Title: An empirical mixed model to quantify climate influence on the growth of Pinus halepensis Mill. stands in South-Eastern Spain
Author/s:
  • Condes Ruiz, Sonia
  • Garcia Robredo, Fernando
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Forest Ecology And Management
Date: November 2012
ISSN: 0378-1127
Volume: 284
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes (UPM)
Department: Economía y Gestión Forestal [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The influence of climate on forest stand composition, development and growth is undeniable. Many studies have tried to quantify the effect of climatic variables on forest growth and yield. These works become especially important because there is a need to predict the effects of climate change on the development of forest ecosystems. One of the ways of facing this problem is the inclusion of climatic variables into the classic empirical growth models. The work has a double objective: (i) to identify the indicators which best describe the effect of climate on Pinus halepensis growth and (ii) to quantify such effect in several scenarios of rainfall decrease which are likely to occur in the Mediterranean area. A growth mixed model for P. halepensis including climatic variables is presented in this work. Growth estimates are based on data from the Spanish National Forest Inventory (SNFI). The best results are obtained for the indices including rainfall, or rainfall and temperature together, with annual precipitation, precipitation effectiveness, Emberger?s index or free bioclimatic intensity standing out among them. The final model includes Emberger?s index, free bioclimatic intensity and interactions between competition and climate indices. The results obtained show that a rainfall decrease about 5% leads to a decrease in volume growth of 5.5?7.5% depending on site quality.

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Item ID: 15557
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/15557/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:15557
DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.07.030
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378112712004355
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 25 Mar 2014 12:45
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 15:41
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