Diurnal surface fuel moisture prediction model for Calabrian pine stands in Turkey
Çoşkuner, Kadir Alperen
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CitationBilgili, E., Coşkuner, K. A., Usta, Y., Sağlam, B., Küçük, O., Berber, T., & Göltaş, M. (2019). Diurnal surface fuel moisture prediction model for Calabrian pine stands in Turkey. iForest-Biogeosciences and Forestry, 12(3), 262-271.
This study presents a dynamic model for the prediction of diurnal changes in the moisture content of dead surface fuels in normally stocked Calabrian pine stands under varying weather conditions. The model was developed based on several empirical relationships between moisture contents of dead surface fuels and weather variables, and calibrated using field data collected from three Calabrian stands from three different regions of Turkey (Mugla, southwest; Antalya, south; Trabzon, north-east). The model was tested and validated with independent measurements of fuel moisture from two sets of field observations made during dry and rainy periods. Model predictions showed a mean absolute error (MAE) of 1.19% for litter and 0.90% for duff at Mugla, and 3.62% for litter and 14.38% for duff at Antalya. When two rainy periods were excluded from the analysis at Antalya site, the MAE decreased from 14.38% to 4.29% and R-2 increased from 0.25 to 0.83 for duff fuels. Graphical inspection and statistical validation of the model indicated that the diurnal litter and duff moisture dynamics could be predicted reasonably. The model can easily be adapted for other similar fuel types in the Mediterranean region.