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Landscape Pattern Dynamics and Mechanisms during Vegetation Restoration: A Multiscale, Hierarchical Patch Dynamics Approach


Peng, S., Zhou, T., Liang, L. & Ren, W. 2012, "Landscape Pattern Dynamics and Mechanisms during Vegetation Restoration: A Multiscale, Hierarchical Patch Dynamics Approach", Restoration Ecology, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 95-102.

Contact Info

Shaolin Peng:


Department of Ecology, School of Life Science/State Key Laboratory for Biocontrol, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510006, China


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Species Info

  • Pinus massoniana Lamb.
  • Schima superba Gardn. et Champ.
  • Litsea rotundifolia var. oblongifolia
  • Acronychia pedunculata (L.) Miq.
  • Evodia lepta (Spreng.) Merr.
  • Ficus variolosa Lindl. ex Benth
  • Machilus velutina Champ. ex Benth
  • Litsea cubeba (Lour.) Pers.
  • Castanea henryi (Skan.) Rehder.&E.H.Wilson
  • Cryptocarya concinna Hance
  • Castanopsis fissa (Champ. ex Benth.) Rehd. et Wils.
  • Maesa salicifolia Walker
  • Helicia reticulata W. T. Wang
  • Rhodomyrtus tomentosa (Ait.) Hassk.
  • Garinia multiflora Champ
  • Erythrophleum fordii Oliv.
  • Craibiodendron scleranthum var. kwangtungense
  • Syzygium rehderianum Merr. et Perry
  • Canarium album (Lour.) Rauesch.
  • Aporusa yunnanensis (Pax et Hoffm.) Metc.
  • Cryptocarya chinensis (Hance) Hemsl
  • Acmena acuminatissima (Blume) Merr. et Perry
  • Gironniera subawqualis Planch.
  • Blastus cochinchinensis Lour.
  • Tsoongiodendron odorum Chun
  • Macaranga sampsonii Hance
  • Randia canthioides Champ. ex Benth.


  • This study examined the patterns of restoration using permanent plots and remote sensing of a nature reserve from 1979 to the present using a multiscale, hierarchical patch dynamic framework.
  • The objective of the study was document changes both in time and space during the restoration of forests with the purpose of understanding its patterns and processes.
  • Both the abundance and coverage of the dominant species arelarger than other species in the three forest types, so the dominant species may play a critical role in determining the type and physiognomy of the forest community.
  • Over the time surveyed all the areas sampled saw the transition from needle-leaved forest to needle/broad-leaved mixed forest to broad-leaved forest.
  • The results show that restoration can be assessed mainly using "indicators" of pattern, communities, and species. These attributes can assess larger scale restoration of process.

Geographical Region

  • Other-China
  • Country

  • China
  • Subject

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