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Assessment of forest geospatial patterns over the three giant forest areas of China

Journal of Forestry Research

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DOI: 10.1007/s11676-008-0004-9

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Abstract

Geospatial patterns of forest fragmentation over the three traditional giant forested areas of China (Northeastern, southwestern and Southern China) were analyzed comparatively and reported based on a 250-m resolution land cover dataset. Specifically, the spatial patterns of forest fragmentation were characterized by combining geospatial metrics and forest fragmentation models. The driving forces resulting in the differences of the forest spatial patterns were also investigated. Results suggested that forests in southwest China had the highest severity of forest fragmentation, followed by south region and northeast region. The driving forces of forest fragmentation in China were primarily the giant population and improper exploitation of forests. In conclusion, the generated information in the study provided valuable insights and implications as to the fragmentation patterns and the conservation of biodiversity or genes, and the use of the chosen geospatial metrics and forest fragmentation models was quite useful for depicting forest fragmentation patterns. ?? 2008 Northeast Forestry University.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Assessment of forest geospatial patterns over the three giant forest areas of China
Series title:
Journal of Forestry Research
DOI:
10.1007/s11676-008-0004-9
Volume
19
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
25
Last page:
31
Number of Pages:
7