Modeling stem profiles for Pinus densiflora in Korea

Woo Kyun Lee, Jeong Ho Seo, Young Mo Son, Kyeong Hak Lee, Klaus Von Gadow

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A new taper model is presented for Pinus densiflora in Korea. The new variable-exponent model describes well the gradually changing tree form along the stem. The changing exponent of the new model can be used to graphically compare different stem forms among tree groups. And various form indices numerically expressing stem form are derived from the new model. Five form indices: (1) taper rate of the butt section, (2) inflection point, (3) parabolic or paraconic range, (4) minimum exponent, and (5) relative height at the minimum exponent, are useful analytical tools for numerically comparing stem forms and stratifying trees into different form groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-77
Number of pages9
JournalForest Ecology and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan 6


  • Inflection point
  • Minimum exponent
  • Parabolic range
  • Stem form index
  • Stem taper model
  • Variable exponent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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