%0 Research note
%T Predicting tree structure from tree height using terrestrial laser scanning and quantitative structure models
%A Krooks, Anssi
%A Kaasalainen, Sanna
%A Kankare, Ville
%A Joensuu, Marianna
%A Raumonen, Pasi
%A Kaasalainen, Mikko
%D 2014
%J Silva Fennica
%V 48
%N 2
%R doi:10.14214/sf.1125
%U https://silvafennica.fi/article/1125
%X We apply quantitative structure modelling to produce detailed information on branch-level metrics in trees. Particularly we are interested in the branch size distribution, by which we mean the total volume of branch parts distributed over the diameter classes of the parts. We investigate the possibility of predicting tree branch size distributions for trees in similar growing conditions. The quantitative structure model enables for the first time the comparisons of structure between a large number of trees. We found that the branch size distribution is similar for trees of different height in similar growing conditions. The results suggest that tree height could be used to estimate branch size distribution in areas with similar growing conditions and topography.