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DESPOT, a process-based tree growth model that allocates carbon to maximize carbon gain

Buckley, Thomas; Roberts, David W


We present a new model of tree growth, DESPOT (Deducing Emergent Structure and Physiology Of Trees), in which carbon (C) allocation is adjusted in each time step to maximize whole-tree net C gain in the next time step. Carbon gain, respiration and the acquisition and transport of substitutable photosynthetic resources (nitrogen, water and light) are modeled on a process basis. The current form of DESPOT simulates a uniform, monospecific, self-thinning stand. This paper describes DESPOT and its...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Tree Physiology


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