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Kolobov A. N., Lonkina E. S., Frisman E. Ya. Modeling and Analysis of Horizontal Structure of a Mixed Tree Stands (on Example of Sample Plots in the «Bastak» Nature Reserve in the Middle Amur River Area)

tree stand, horizontal structure, spatial data, individual-based model, competition


How to cite: Kolobov A. N.1, Lonkina E. S.2, Frisman E. Ya.1 Modeling and analysis of horizontal structure of a mixed tree stands (on example of sample plots in the «Bastak» nature reserve in the Middle Amur river area) // Sibirskij Lesnoj Zurnal (Siberian Journal of Forest Science). 2015. N. 3: 45–56 (in Russian with English abstract).

DOI: 10.15372/SJFS20150305

© Kolobov A. N., Lonkina E. S., Frisman E. Ya., 2015

The results of the research model and real data spatial distribution of trees in single-species, ages and mixed stands are studied. Modeling of the horizontal structure of the stand was based on a computer simulation model. Investigation of the horizontal structure of the stand allows drawing of conclusions about the processes of intraspecific and interspecific competition. It is shown that the model used to generate spatial data model reflects the basic mechanisms of stacked-mosaic structure of the stand, which is observed in natural communities. It allows future use of this model to study the characteristics of the formation of the spatial structure of mixed forest communities, developing under the influence of internal (competition) and external (logging, windfalls, herbivores, etc.) factors. Statistical analysis of the tree spatial distribution for shade-tolerant and light-loving species relative to each other showed that, on average, around an arbitrarily chosen shade-tolerant tree species, there is an area within which the opportunity to meet the tree light-loving species is less than it would be under their random placement. Around an arbitrarily chosen «large» tree of shade-tolerant species there is an area within which the opportunity to meet the «small» or «medium» light-loving tree species is less than would have been at their random placement. It is shown that the mutual arrangement of «large» light-loving trees and «small», «medium» shade-tolerant trees is no different from a random allocation. As a result of competitive processes of spatial arrangement for light-loving tree species is determined by the placement of shade-tolerant trees. Location of light-loving trees does not affect the location of shade-tolerant trees. The relative placement of different types of shade-tolerant trees, especially spruce, fir and pine, are independent of each other.

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