leaf-area index

leaf-area index

the total area of leaves (one side) in relation to the ground area below them.
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It is disappointing in its minimal treatment of temperate, boreal, and other non-tropical canopies, and the concepts that have emerged from decades of advanced research in these systems, concepts that include the relationships between leaf-area index and net primary production and between canopy function and forest hydrology.
Jordan, "Derivation of leaf-area index from quality of light on the forest floor," Ecology, vol.
Leaf-area index and light attenuation in rapidly expanding shrub thickets.