New article: Classification of forest stands

Forest typologies are useful for many purposes, including forest mapping, assessing habitat quality, studying forest dynamics, or defining sustainable management strategies. In this article, we present a general framework to define forest typologies where the dissimilarity between forest stands is assessed using coefficients that integrate the information of species composition with the univariate distribution of tree diameters or heights or the bivariate distribution of tree diameters and heights. We illustrate our proposal with the classification of forest inventory plots in Catalonia (NE Spain), comparing the results obtained using the bivariate distribution of diameters and heights to those obtained using either tree heights or tree diameters only.

 

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De Cáceres M, Martín-Alcón S, González-Olabarria JR, Coll L (2019) A general method for the classification of forest stands using species composition and vertical and horizontal structure. Annals of Forest Science (doi: 10.1007/s13595-019-0824-0).

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