Simple Beta Distribution Representation of Leaf Orientation in Vegetation Canopies1
- Narendra S. Goel and
- Donald E. Strebel2
It is shown that a two-parameter beta distribution represents very well the leaf angle distribution for a variety of vegetation canopies. Comparison to theoretical distributions as well as field data suggests that this distribution be considered as a candidate for a “universal” leaf angle distribution. The parameters of the distribution can then be used to identify and classify intermediate canopy types and possibly to quantify canopy changes caused by environmental stress.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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