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Spatial methods for quantifying forest stand structure development: a comparison between nearest-neighbor indices and variogram analysis

Vincent Kint, Marc Van Meirvenne UGent, Lieven Nachtergale, Guy Geudens UGent and Noël Lust (2003) FOREST SCIENCE. 49(1). p.36-49
abstract
Insight into forest stand structure is of capital importance for understanding forest ecosystem structure and function. The ability of two spatial methods-based on (1) nearest-neighbor indices and (2) geostatistical variogram analysis-to quantify forest stand structure and its development over short time periods was investigated in two mixed Scots pine stands. Results show that the two methods are complementary in quantifying the three components of forest stand structure: positioning, mixture, and differentiation. The principal advantage of nearest-neighbor indices was their capacity for detecting subtle structure changes; moreover, they are easy to calculate and interpret. Variograms of height and indicator variograms of presence/absence data were more complicated in their use and required more input data, but provided additional information on the number, impact, and range of structure-determining factors such as competition and management. In this context, the concept of the mark variograms is discussed.
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autocorrelation, spatial analysis, mark variogram, Pinus sylvestris, Belgium, OLD-GROWTH FOREST, HETEROGENEITY, DIVERSITY, TREES, PATTERNS, SIZE
journal title
FOREST SCIENCE
For. Sci.
volume
49
issue
1
pages
36 - 49
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000180858100003
JCR category
FORESTRY
JCR impact factor
0.912 (2003)
JCR rank
11/29 (2003)
JCR quartile
2 (2003)
ISSN
0015-749X
language
English
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yes
classification
A1
id
215113
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-215113
date created
2004-05-10 09:58:00
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2012-05-14 13:18:48
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  abstract     = {Insight into forest stand structure is of capital importance for understanding forest ecosystem structure and function. The ability of two spatial methods-based on (1) nearest-neighbor indices and (2) geostatistical variogram analysis-to quantify forest stand structure and its development over short time periods was investigated in two mixed Scots pine stands. Results show that the two methods are complementary in quantifying the three components of forest stand structure: positioning, mixture, and differentiation. The principal advantage of nearest-neighbor indices was their capacity for detecting subtle structure changes; moreover, they are easy to calculate and interpret. Variograms of height and indicator variograms of presence/absence data were more complicated in their use and required more input data, but provided additional information on the number, impact, and range of structure-determining factors such as competition and management. In this context, the concept of the mark variograms is discussed.},
  author       = {Kint, Vincent and Van Meirvenne, Marc and Nachtergale, Lieven and Geudens, Guy and Lust, No{\"e}l},
  issn         = {0015-749X},
  journal      = {FOREST SCIENCE},
  keyword      = {autocorrelation,spatial analysis,mark variogram,Pinus sylvestris,Belgium,OLD-GROWTH FOREST,HETEROGENEITY,DIVERSITY,TREES,PATTERNS,SIZE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {36--49},
  title        = {Spatial methods for quantifying forest stand structure development: a comparison between nearest-neighbor indices and variogram analysis},
  volume       = {49},
  year         = {2003},
}

Chicago
Kint, Vincent, Marc Van Meirvenne, Lieven Nachtergale, Guy Geudens, and Noël Lust. 2003. “Spatial Methods for Quantifying Forest Stand Structure Development: a Comparison Between Nearest-neighbor Indices and Variogram Analysis.” Forest Science 49 (1): 36–49.
APA
Kint, V., Van Meirvenne, M., Nachtergale, L., Geudens, G., & Lust, N. (2003). Spatial methods for quantifying forest stand structure development: a comparison between nearest-neighbor indices and variogram analysis. FOREST SCIENCE, 49(1), 36–49.
Vancouver
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Kint V, Van Meirvenne M, Nachtergale L, Geudens G, Lust N. Spatial methods for quantifying forest stand structure development: a comparison between nearest-neighbor indices and variogram analysis. FOREST SCIENCE. 2003;49(1):36–49.
MLA
Kint, Vincent, Marc Van Meirvenne, Lieven Nachtergale, et al. “Spatial Methods for Quantifying Forest Stand Structure Development: a Comparison Between Nearest-neighbor Indices and Variogram Analysis.” FOREST SCIENCE 49.1 (2003): 36–49. Print.