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Application of the ancient forest concept to potential natural vegetation mapping in Flanders, a strongly altered landscape in Northern Belgium

Luc De Keersmaeker, Nele Rogiers, Kris Vandekerkhove, Bruno De Vos, Bart Roelandt, Johnny Cornelis, An De Schrijver UGent, Thierry Onckelinx, Arno Thomaes, Martin Hermy UGent, et al. (2013) FOLIA GEOBOTANICA. 48(2). p.137-162
abstract
Construction of potential natural vegetation (PNV) poses particular challenges in landscapes heavily altered by human activity and must be based on transparent, repeatable methods. We integrated the concept of ancient forest (AF) and ancient forest species (AFS) into a four-step procedure of PNV mapping: 1) classification of forest vegetation relev,s; 2) selection of those vegetation types that can serve as PNV units, based on AF and AFS; 3) merging of selected vegetation types into five PNV units that can be predicted from a digital morphogenetic soil map; 4) mapping of three additional PNV units based on additional environmental data. The second step, concerning the selection of reference forest vegetation, is of particular interest for PNV construction in Flanders (northern Belgium), where forest cover has been subject to temporal disruption and spatial fragmentation. Among the variety of extant forest recovery states, we chose as PNV units those vegetation types for which a high proportion of relev,s had been located in AF and that contained many AFS. As the frequency of AFS depends on site conditions, we only compared and selected vegetation types that are found on similar sites according to average Ellenberg indicator values. While succession is irrelevant for the definition of PNV, colonization rates of AFS can be used to estimate the time required for PNV to be restored in a site.
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Land-use history, Ellenberg indicator values, Naturalness, Vegetation mapping, HYACINTHOIDES-NON-SCRIPTA, WITH-STANDARDS FOREST, PAST LAND-USE, DECIDUOUS FOREST, RIVERINE WOODLANDS, MIGRATION, IMPACT, SOILS, MAP, CONSERVATION
journal title
FOLIA GEOBOTANICA
Folia Geobot.
volume
48
issue
2
pages
137 - 162
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000320112600002
JCR category
PLANT SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
1.612 (2013)
JCR rank
86/199 (2013)
JCR quartile
2 (2013)
ISSN
1211-9520
DOI
10.1007/s12224-012-9135-z
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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4127750
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-4127750
date created
2013-09-06 10:22:08
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2016-12-19 15:43:40
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  abstract     = {Construction of potential natural vegetation (PNV) poses particular challenges in landscapes heavily altered by human activity and must be based on transparent, repeatable methods. We integrated the concept of ancient forest (AF) and ancient forest species (AFS) into a four-step procedure of PNV mapping: 1) classification of forest vegetation relev,s; 2) selection of those vegetation types that can serve as PNV units, based on AF and AFS; 3) merging of selected vegetation types into five PNV units that can be predicted from a digital morphogenetic soil map; 4) mapping of three additional PNV units based on additional environmental data. The second step, concerning the selection of reference forest vegetation, is of particular interest for PNV construction in Flanders (northern Belgium), where forest cover has been subject to temporal disruption and spatial fragmentation. Among the variety of extant forest recovery states, we chose as PNV units those vegetation types for which a high proportion of relev,s had been located in AF and that contained many AFS. As the frequency of AFS depends on site conditions, we only compared and selected vegetation types that are found on similar sites according to average Ellenberg indicator values. While succession is irrelevant for the definition of PNV, colonization rates of AFS can be used to estimate the time required for PNV to be restored in a site.},
  author       = {De Keersmaeker, Luc and Rogiers, Nele and Vandekerkhove, Kris and De Vos, Bruno and Roelandt, Bart and Cornelis, Johnny and De Schrijver, An and Onckelinx, Thierry and Thomaes, Arno and Hermy, Martin and Verheyen, Kris},
  issn         = {1211-9520},
  journal      = {FOLIA GEOBOTANICA},
  keyword      = {Land-use history,Ellenberg indicator values,Naturalness,Vegetation mapping,HYACINTHOIDES-NON-SCRIPTA,WITH-STANDARDS FOREST,PAST LAND-USE,DECIDUOUS FOREST,RIVERINE WOODLANDS,MIGRATION,IMPACT,SOILS,MAP,CONSERVATION},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {137--162},
  title        = {Application of the ancient forest concept to potential natural vegetation mapping in Flanders, a strongly altered landscape in Northern Belgium},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12224-012-9135-z},
  volume       = {48},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
De Keersmaeker, Luc, Nele Rogiers, Kris Vandekerkhove, Bruno De Vos, Bart Roelandt, Johnny Cornelis, An De Schrijver, et al. 2013. “Application of the Ancient Forest Concept to Potential Natural Vegetation Mapping in Flanders, a Strongly Altered Landscape in Northern Belgium.” Folia Geobotanica 48 (2): 137–162.
APA
De Keersmaeker, Luc, Rogiers, N., Vandekerkhove, K., De Vos, B., Roelandt, B., Cornelis, J., De Schrijver, A., et al. (2013). Application of the ancient forest concept to potential natural vegetation mapping in Flanders, a strongly altered landscape in Northern Belgium. FOLIA GEOBOTANICA, 48(2), 137–162.
Vancouver
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De Keersmaeker L, Rogiers N, Vandekerkhove K, De Vos B, Roelandt B, Cornelis J, et al. Application of the ancient forest concept to potential natural vegetation mapping in Flanders, a strongly altered landscape in Northern Belgium. FOLIA GEOBOTANICA. 2013;48(2):137–62.
MLA
De Keersmaeker, Luc, Nele Rogiers, Kris Vandekerkhove, et al. “Application of the Ancient Forest Concept to Potential Natural Vegetation Mapping in Flanders, a Strongly Altered Landscape in Northern Belgium.” FOLIA GEOBOTANICA 48.2 (2013): 137–162. Print.