Individual Growth Model for Eucalyptus Stands in Brazil Using Artificial Neural Network

  • Vinícius Oliveira Castro R
  • Boechat Soares C
  • Leite H
  • et al.
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Abstract

This work aimed to model the growth and yield of Eucalyptus stands located in northern Brazil, at the individual tree level, by using artificial neural networks (ANNs). Data from permanent plots were used for training the neural networks to predict tree height and diameter as well as mortality probability. Once trained, the networks were evaluated using an independent data set. The first group was composed of 33 plots (11 in each productive capacity class) and was used for artificial neural network training. In five measurements, this group totaled 8,735 cases (measurements of individual trees), as each plot had 53 trees on average throughout this evaluation. The second group was composed of 30 plots (10 in each productive capacity class) and was used for model validation. This group totaled 7,756 cases. Were tested different network architectures Multilayer Perceptron (MLP). Results revealed an underestimation bias for number of surviving trees. However, estimates of diameter, height, and volume per hectare were found to be accurate. This indicates that artificial neural networks are a viable alternative to the traditional growth and yield modeling approach in the forestry sector.

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Vinícius Oliveira Castro, R., Boechat Soares, C. P., Leite, H. G., Lopes de Souza, A., Saraiva Nogueira, G., & Bolzan Martins, F. (2013). Individual Growth Model for Eucalyptus Stands in Brazil Using Artificial Neural Network . ISRN Forestry, 2013, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/196832

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