Seasonal shoot growth of planted red pine predicted from air temperature degree days and soil water potential

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Department of Mathematical Sciences; College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science


On-site climatic measurements were used to model red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) shoot elongation. Three study sites each consisting of three 0.2-ha plots were cleared and planted with red pine. Shoot growth was measured weekly for 2 years. Incremental seasonal growth of the leading shoot was estimated using a difference form of a modified Chapman-Richards growth function. Weekly growth was estimated as a function of air temperature degree days (4.4°C basis), soil water potential, and total expected seasonal growth. An example using the model compares varying site and climatic conditions and their effect on the pattern of seedling height growth during the growing season as well as their effect on the total amount of height growth realized at the end of the growing season.

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Forest Ecology and Management