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Estimation of canopy fuel characteristics of Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis Mill.) forests in Greece based on common stand parameters

Mitsopoulos, I. D., Dimitrakopoulos, A. P.
European journal of forest research 2014 v.133 no.1 pp. 73-79
canopy, fuel loading, equations, fuels (fire ecology), bulk density, Pinus halepensis, coniferous forests, fires, carbon, fuels, regression analysis, forest inventory, conifers, stand basal area, prediction, Greece
Canopy fuel characteristics that influence the initiation and spread of crown fires were measured in forty representative Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis Mill.) stands in Greece. Aleppo pine canopy fuels are characterized by low canopy base height (CBH) (2.0–6.5 m), while available canopy fuel load (CFL) (0.63–1.82 kg/m²) and canopy bulk density (CBD) (0.07–0.22 kg/m³) values are similar to those of other conifers worldwide. Regression equations for the estimation of canopy fuels were developed based on common stand parameters. Stand basal area was the best-fitted predictor for the estimation of CFL and CBD at stand level, explaining 77 and 74 % of the observed variation, respectively. Regression analysis failed to provide any significant estimates for the CBH. Prediction of canopy fuel characteristics based on stand basal area can be useful in fuel management and fire prevention planning since it and can be easily incorporated into existing forest inventory systems and can be used for the Kyoto protocol requirements of carbon changes in Aleppo pine forests located in Greek sites.