Leaf area index development in temperate oak and beech forests is driven by stand characteristics and weather conditions

  title={Leaf area index development in temperate oak and beech forests is driven by stand characteristics and weather conditions},
  author={Raphael Bequet and Matteo Campioli and Vincent Kint and Dries Vansteenkiste and bart. muys and Reinhart Ceulemans},
Using data from 20 even-aged and homogeneous mature beech and oak study plots in Flanders (Northern Belgium), an analysis of the empirical relationships between the rates of leaf area index (LAI) change throughout the leaf development of 2008 and stand, site and meteorological variables was performed. Species-specific multiple linear regressions were fitted between the rates of LAI change and the predictors for two distinct periods from April until August. After a sharp increase in LAI… CONTINUE READING


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