Disturbance Regimes

  • Tohru Nakashizuka
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 158)


The effects of disturbances on forest ecosystems include many aspects with different scales, from the ecophysiology of individual organs to ecosystem functions or further landscape-level processes (pickett and White 1985). Most plant species are adapted to some kind of disturbance. Pioneer or gap-phase species require safe sites that are created by disturbances (see Part 4), while even a shade-tolerant species may respond to the change in light conditions after a gap has been created (see Part 5). Changes in tree composition trends are predicted to be greatly dependent on the present and assumed future disturbance regimes (see Chapter 6). The investigation of disturbance regimes, therefore, gives information necessary to understand the structure and functions of populations and communities.


Forest Type Digital Elevation Model Annual Ring Canopy Height Disturbance Regime 
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