Hurricane damage and recovery: an empirical and simulation study of vegetation dynamics in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico

TitleHurricane damage and recovery: an empirical and simulation study of vegetation dynamics in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsEverham, E
DegreePhD
Number of Pages365
UniversityUniversity of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
CitySyracuse, New York
Thesis TypePh.D. Dissertation
Accession NumberLUQ.150
Keywordshurricane damage
Abstract

Hurricanes and other catastrophic wind events impact forest over most of the globe. I examine spatial patterns of damage and the factors that influence these patterns, and the resulting dynamics of vegetation recovery in a subtropical wet forest following hurricane disturbance. I develop an approach to modeling disturbance dynamics in which any point in geographical space can be represented as a position in a multiple gradient space of abiotic factors; and the disturbance and recovery are quantified as movements within this gradient space.

DOI10.2172/652928
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