Semivariograms from a forest transect gap model compared with remotely sensed data


Journal Article

Abstract. A spatially linked version of a forest gap model, ZELIG, parameterized for the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon, was used to generate structural properties (i.e. biomass, leaf area, and maximum tree height) of young (80 yr), mature (140 yr), and old‐growth (450 yr) Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir) forests. Semivariograms were produced at 10 and 30 m resolution to describe the spatio‐temporal patterns of variation of the simulated structural features along a 5 km transect of contiguous 10 m x 10 m grid cells. These semivariograms from the simulations were compared with semivariograms from matrices of pixel digital values obtained from aerial videography of similarly aged stands. Although autocorrelative spatial patterning was absent from both the remotely sensed imagery (except at < 20 m for the 450 yr stand) and the model output, the pixel‐to‐pixel and plot‐to‐plot variances exhibited similar patterns across the chronosequence at both resolutions. This suggests that gap models are able to capture temporal aspects of landscape dynamics associated with canopy texture of Pacific Northwest forests. 1992 IAVS ‐ the International Association of Vegetation Science

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weishampel, JF; Urban, DL; Shugart, HH; Smith, JB

Published Date

  • January 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 521 - 526

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1654-1103

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1100-9233

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/3235808

Citation Source

  • Scopus