Comment on "critical wind speed at which trees break"

Axel Albrecht, Eric Badel, Vivien Bonnesoeur, Yves Brunet, Thiéry Constant, Pauline Défossez, Emmanuel De Langre, Sylvain Dupont, Meriem Fournier, Barry Gardiner*, Mart Jan Schelhaas

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Virot et al. [E. Virot, Phys. Rev. E 93, 023001 (2016)10.1103/PhysRevE.93.023001] assert that the critical wind speed at which ≥50% of all trees in a population break is ≈42 m/s, regardless of tree characteristics. We show that empirical data do not support this assertion, and that the assumptions underlying the theory used by Virot et al. are inconsistent with the biomechanics of trees.

Original languageEnglish
Article number067001
JournalPhysical Review. E, Statistical nonlinear, and soft matter physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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