Development of a Stand Density Management Diagram for Teak Forests in Southern India

Tewari, Vindhya Prasad;Alvarez-Gonz, Juan Gabriel

  • Received : 2013.11.30
  • Accepted : 2014.04.29
  • Published : 2014.08.31


Stand Density Diagrams (SDD) are average stand-level models which graphically illustrate the relationship between yield, density and mortality throughout the various stages of forest development. These are useful tools for designing, displaying and evaluating alternative density regimes in even-aged forest ecosystems to achieve a desired future condition. This contribution presents an example of a SDD that has been constructed for teak forests of Karnataka in southern India. The relationship between stand density, dominant height, quadratic mean diameter, relative spacing and stand volume is represented in one graph. The relative spacing index was used to characterize the population density. Two equations were fitted simultaneously to the data collected from 27 sample plots measured annually for three years: one relates quadratic mean diameter with stand density and dominant height while the other relates total stand volume with quadratic mean diameter, stand density and dominant height.


stand density diagram;yield;relative spacing;mortality;Tectona grandis


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