A selection of forest condition indicators for monitoring

  • Authors: Riitters, Kurt H.; Law, B.E.; Kucera, R.C.; Gallant, A.L.; DeVelice, R.L.; Palmer, C.J.
  • Publication Year: 1992
  • Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
  • Source: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 20:21- 33

Abstract

Regional monitoring and assessments of the health of forested ecosystems require indicators of forest conditions and environmental stresses. Indicator selections depend on objectives and the strategy for data collection and analysis. This paper recommends a set of indicators to signal changes in forest ecosystem distribution, productivity, and disturbance. Additional measurements are recommended to help ascribe those changes to climate variation, atmospheric deposition, and land use patterns. The rationale for these indicators is discusses in the context of a sequential monitoring and assessment strategy.

  • Citation: Riitters, Kurt H.; Law, B.E.; Kucera, R.C.; Gallant, A.L.; DeVelice, R.L.; Palmer, C.J. 1992. A selection of forest condition indicators for monitoring. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 20:21- 33
  • Posted Date: February 13, 2007
  • Modified Date: May 2, 2007
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