Landscape forest modeling of the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico

TitleLandscape forest modeling of the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsAbbott-Wood, C
DegreeMaster
Number of Pages149
Thesis TypeMaster Thesis
Accession NumberLUQ.1070
Abstract

This thesis contributes to modeling the dynamics of forest community response to environmental gradients and disturbances over a mountain landscape. A gap model (FACET) was parameterized for species of various forest types (Tabonuco, Colorado, Dwarf and Palm), for many terrain conditions and was modified and extended to include species response to excess soil moisture and hurricanes. Landscape cover types were defined by dominance of species of each forest type and canopy height. Parameters of the landscape model (MOSAIC) were calculated from multiple runs of FACET. These runs were determined by combining terrain variables (elevation and soil) and hurricane risk. MOSAIC runs were analyzed for distribution patterns. Geographic Information Systems software was used to process terrain variables, hurricane risk and MOSAIC model output.

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