A sunfleck theory for general foliage location distributions Academic Article uri icon


  • A sunfleck size distribution for a general foliage location distribution is derived. For simplicity, optical properties of leaves and penumbra effect are not considered. The usual procedure of seeking asymptotic results is shown to be inappropriate for sunfleck studies except in the case of a uniform distribution of foliage over a large area. Instead, an averaging approach is utilized based on the assumption that the number of leaves covering a transect is a stochastic variable. Procedures for determining the model parameters are also discussed. 1977 Springer-Verlag.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Mathematical Biology

author list (cited authors)

  • Mann, J. E., & Curry, G. L.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Mann, JE||Curry, GL

publication date

  • March 1977