A Diameter Distribution Yield Prediction for Teak Stands in Taungoo District, Bago Region of Myanmar

Yan Myo Naing


A parameter recovery procedure was applied to characterize the parameters for the Weibull distribution function based on four percentile methods and two hybrid methods which were the combination of diameter percentiles and moment methods. The procedure was used to develop a diameter distribution yield prediction for teak stands in Taungoo District of Myanmar. All the methods were evaluated by using independent observed data and calculating error indices. Among them, method 1 which involved the 31st and 63rd diameter percentiles produced the lowest error index. Therefore, method 1 was considered to predict yield based on  diameter distribution and selected to construct a yield table for the study area. An example was also provided to show users how to apply this kind of yield prediction.


Parameter recovery procedure, Weibull distribution function, teak stands, Taungoo District of Myanmar, and a diameter distribution yield prediction model

Full Text:



Pérez LD, Kanninen M. Heartwood, sapwood and bark content, and wood dry density of young and mature teak (Tectona grandis Linn.F) trees grown in Costa Rica. Silva Fennica. 2003; 37(1):45–54

Kadambi K. Silviculture and management of Teak. Bulletin 24. School of Forestry. Stephen F. Austin State University. Texas. 1972; p 25

White KJ . Teak: some aspects of research and development. Publication 1991/17. FAO. Bangkok.1991; p 44

Horne JEM. Teak in Nigeria. Nigerian Info Bulletin (New Series). 1966; 16:40

Ball JB, Pandey D, Hirai S. 2000. Global overview of teak plantations. Enters T., Nair C.T.S. Proceedings of the regional seminar on site, technology and productivity of teak plantations. FORSPA Chiang Mai, Thailand, 26–29 January 1999. 2000; p 11–34

Bhat KM, Hwan MO. Teak growers unite. ITTO Trop Forest Update. 2004; 14(1):3–5

Pandey D. Forest plantation areas. FAO. Rome. Report of the FAO Project GCP/INT/628/UK. 1998; p. 94

IUFRO. The global teak study: analysis, evaluation, and future potential of teak resources. International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). 2017

Tint K. Review of forestry related legislation, policy and practice and their impacts/implication on sustainable forest management (SFM) and on the model forest approach to SFM in Myanmar. Forest Department. Yangon. Myanmar. 2002

Forest Department of Myanmar. Forestry in Myanmar. Forest Department. Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. Myanmar. 2011

Avery TE, Burkhart HE. Sampling intensity. Forest Measurements. Fourth Edition. Mulford W. Vaux JH. Ellefson VP. McGRAW-HILL.Inc. Tokyo. 1994; p 152

Bailey RL, Dell TR. Quantifying diameter distributions with the Weibull function. Forest Science . 1973; 19:97-104

Cao VQ. Use of the weibull function to predict future diameter distribution from current plot data. Proceedings of the 16th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference. Charleston. South Carolina February 14-17. 2011. 2012; vol 156, p 391

Hyink DM, Moser JW. A generalized framework for projecting forest yield and stand structure using diameter distributions. Forest Science. 1983; 29:85-95

Clutter JL, James CF, Leon VP, Robert LB. Timber management: A quantitative approach. John Wiley and Sons. United States of America. 1983; p 333

Frazier JR. Compatible whole-stand and diameter distribution models for loblolly pine plantations. Ph.D. Dissertation. Va. Polytech. Inst. and State Univ. Blackburg. VA. 1981; p 125

Bailey L, Burgan TM, Jokela EJ. Fertilized midrotation-aged slash pine plantations: stand structure and yield prediction models. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry. 1989; 13:76-80

Reynolds MR, Burk TE, Huang WC.. Goodness-of-fit tests and model selection procedures for diameter distribution models. Forest Science. 1988; 34: 373-399

Naing YM. Evaluation of site quality and construction of standard volume table : A case study in three different aged teak plantations in Bago Township. Bago Region. Myanmar. M.Sc Thesis. Kasetsart University. Bangkok. Thailand. 2014; p 217

DOI: https://doi.org/10.23954/osj.v5i1.2271


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Open Science Journal (OSJ) is multidisciplinary Open Access journal. We accept scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. OSJ broad scope provides a platform to publish original research in all areas of sciences, including interdisciplinary and replication studies as well as negative results.