Vegetation variability on landscape and geographical scale: gradient analysis, classification, interpretations

Project Identification
KJB601630504
Project Period
1/2005 - 12/2007
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Science
Keywords
spatial scale; plant communities; spatial pattern; spatial variation; environmental factors; biogeography, macroecology

The aim of our project is to evaluate the change of patterns in variability of plant communities with spatial scale and to find the factors behind the change. We focus on the phenomena of large extent, connected with the transition between landscape and geographical scale. The objects of our study are two structurally similar plant communities, which differ in species composition, dynamics and geographical distribution: mixed forest dominated by shade-tolerant trees and open thermophilous oak forest of Central Europe. By means of multivariate analysis of a large set of phytosociological sample plot data connected with the environmental data, we will identify the major gradients of variability in species composition of the studied plant communities at particular spatial scales and we will quantify the relative importance of ecological and geographical factors on different scales.

Publications

Total number of publications: 4


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