Investigations into Behavioral Modes of a Forest Growth Model

J. S. Pandey
A. Shankar
P. Khanna

DOI: 10.2190/5T21-8LRY-DFHY-M2X2


Application of sensitivity analysis for a tree growth model is discussed. The detailed tree growth model has been designed to test and augment general understanding of the processes involved in vegetative growth, and to predict the behavioral modes of the model under different levels of pollution stress. The effect of pollutants has been modeled and studied through sensitivity analysis in terms of changes in the conversion efficiency parameter for the foliage, assimilate partitioning coefficients, and coefficients dependent upon losses due to mortality, grazing and litter fall. The sensitivity analysis provides better understanding of the component subprocesses, and helps in deciding research priorities for useful application of the model in environmental management.

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