Diametric distribution modeling of forest species in arboreal Caatinga vegetation, Brazil


Revista Ceres




ABSTRACT The distribution modeling in diameter classes is an important indicator of the potential use of a forest community, as well as the projection of future forest production. The objective of this study was to evaluate the diametric structure and to select probabilistic density functions for three woody species in forested arboreal Caatinga vegetation in Bahia, Brazil. The study was carried out in the Contendas do Sincorá National Forest in the state of Bahia, Brazil. A total of 16 plots of 20 x 20 m were installed and all individuals with diameter at breast height equal to or greater than 5.0 cm were measured. The three species with the highest population density (Commiphora leptophloeos, Manihot catinga and Patagonula bahiensis) were selected for analysis and modeling of the diametric structure. Four probabilistic density models were adjusted. The Akaike information criterion was used to select the best model. The results found indicated that the three species presented a decreasing type curve. The Log-Normal function best described the diametric distribution and it can be indicated to describe the diametric distribution and assist in making decisions about the management and conservation of these species. It is concluded that the Normal function was less adequate to represent the distribution of the studied species.

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