Predictive vegetation mapping: geographic modelling of biospatial patterns in relation to environmental gradients

J. Franklin

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Predictive vegetation mapping can be defined as pedicting the geographic distribution of the vegetation composition across a landscape from mapped environmental variables. Computerized predictive vegetation mapping is made possibly by the availability of digital maps of topography and other environmental variables such as soils, geology and climate variables, and geographic information system software for manipulating these data. Especially important to predictive vegetation mapping are interpolated climatic variables related to physiological tolerances, and topographic variables, derived from digital elevation grids, related to site energy and moisture balance. Predictive vegetation mapping is founded in ecological niches theory and gradient analysis, and driven by the need to map vegetation patterns over large areas for resource conservation planning, and to predict the effects of environmental change on vegetation distributions. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-499
Number of pages26
JournalProgress in Physical Geography
Volume19
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Predictive vegetation mapping : geographic modelling of biospatial patterns in relation to environmental gradients. / Franklin, J.

In: Progress in Physical Geography, Vol. 19, No. 4, 1995, p. 474-499.

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