Unifying constructal theory of tree roots, canopies and forests.

  title={Unifying constructal theory of tree roots, canopies and forests.},
  author={A Bejan and Sylvie Lorente and Ji-Young Lee},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  volume={254 3},
Here, we show that the most basic features of tree and forest architecture can be put on a unifying theoretical basis, which is provided by the constructal law. Key is the integrative approach to understanding the emergence of "designedness" in nature. Trees and forests are viewed as integral components (along with dendritic river basins, aerodynamic raindrops, and atmospheric and oceanic circulation) of the much greater global architecture that facilitates the cyclical flow of water in nature… CONTINUE READING