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Biotope and biodiversity mapping in forest and urban green space

methodological review and developments

Gao, Tian (2015). Biotope and biodiversity mapping in forest and urban green space. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2015:41
ISBN 978-91-576-8280-2
eISBN 978-91-576-8281-9
[Doctoral thesis]

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Forests play an important role in providing ecosystem services that support the ecological integrity of an area and also supply social benefits for humans. Many of the essential ecological and social benefits derived from forest are underpinned by its biodiversity. This thesis explores how biodiversity values of forest in urban and rural settings are expressed and how these values could be implemented in biodiversity-orientated forest management and planning.

Theoretical development work focusing on the application of biotope mapping methods resulted in a modified biotope mapping model integrating vegetation structure as a tool for collecting biodiversity values. The model was validated in a process beginning with a literature study on forest biodiversity indicators in order to test the rationality of vegetation structural parameters included in the model. Two case studies, carried out in an urban and a rural setting, respectively, were then used to validate the function of the modified mapping model in covering different aspects of biodiversity values (birds, mammals and vascular plants in the urban setting; bryophytes, lichens and vascular plants in the rural setting).

The results showed that the modified biotope mapping model, where temporal and spatial vegetation structural parameters are integrated, can be applied to collect biodiversity-orientated information, which can support decision making on forest landscape planning and policy.

Authors/Creators:Gao, Tian
Title:Biotope and biodiversity mapping in forest and urban green space
Subtitle:methodological review and developments
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2015
Depositing date:26 March 2015
Number of Pages:71
IQiu, L., Gao, T., Gunnarsson, A., Hammer, M. & von Bothmer, R. (2010). A methodological study of biotope mapping in nature conservation. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 9(2): 161-166.
IIGao, T., Nielsen, A.B. & Hedblom, M. (2015). Review of forest biodiversity indicators – taking stock and looking ahead. (Manuscript)
IIIGao, T., Qiu, L., Hammer, M. & Gunnarsson, A. (2012). The importance of temporal and spatial vegetation structure information in biotope mapping schemes: A case study in Helsingborg, Sweden. Environmental Management 49(2): 459-472.
IVGao, T., Hedblom, M., Emilsson, T. & Nielsen, A.B. (2014). The role of forest stand structure as biodiversity indicator. Forest Ecology and Management 330: 82-93.
Place of Publication:Alnarp
Publisher:Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8280-2
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8281-9
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Landscape Architecture
Agrovoc terms:biotopes, biodiversity, urban areas, nature conservation, vegetation, indicator organisms, land use, models
Keywords:Biotope mapping, Biodiversity indicator, Urban forestry, Forest, Landscape planning, Landscape management
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ID Code:12036
Faculty:LTJ - Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science (until 2013)
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Deposited By: Dr. T Gao
Deposited On:27 Mar 2015 12:25
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41

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