Canadian Forest Service Publications

Disturbance impacts on forest temporal dynamics. 1995. Li, Chao; Apps, M.J. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 82: 429-436.

Year: 1995

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 19010

Language: English

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Contagious disturbances are widespread and an important component of the life-cycle of the Canadian boreal forest. Models which simulate the dynamics of these forests must include a representation of disturbance influences. Spatial models differ from non-spatial models in the use of area-based rather than point-based sampling designs. Distance-dependent disturbance propagation accounts for spatial correlation among disturbed stands and its inclusion in spatial models may generate more realistic forest temporal dynamics than can be generated by non-spatial models. A comparison of results from simulations using age-dependent and distance-dependent disturbance propagation can provide further insight on the role contagion in structuring forest temporal dynamics.