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Downscaling Indicators of Forest Habitat Structure from National Assessments

Informally Refereed
Authors: Kurt H. Riitters
Year: 2005
Type: Scientific Journal
Station: Southern Research Station
Source: Ecological Indicators 5 (2005) 273–279


Downscaling is an important problem because consistent large-area assessments of forest habitat structure, while feasible, are only feasible when using relatively coarse data and indicators. Techniques are needed to enable more detailed and local interpretations of the national statistics. Using the results of national assessments from land-cover maps, this paper demonstrates downscaling in the spatial domain, and in the domain of the habitat model. A moving window device was used to measure structure (habitat amount and connectivity), and those indicators were then analyzed and combined with other information in various ways to illustrate downscaling.


Habitat, Scale, Spatial analysis, Spatial pattern


Riitters, Kurt H. 2005. Downscaling Indicators of Forest Habitat Structure from National Assessments. Ecological Indicators 5 (2005) 273 279