If you are experiencing problems downloading PDF or HTML fulltext, our helpdesk recommend clearing your browser cache and trying again. If you need help in clearing your cache, please click here . Still need help? Email help@ingentaconnect.com

Spatial Autocorrelation in Growth of Undisturbed Natural Pine Stands Across Georgia

$29.50 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Buy Article:

Abstract:

Moran's I statistic measures the spatial autocorrelation in a random variable measured at discrete locations in space. Permutation procedures test the null hypothesis that the observed Moran's I value is no greater than that expected by chance. The spatial autocorrelation of gross basal area increment is analyzed for undisturbed, naturally regenerated stands in three Georgia forest types: loblolly, shortleaf, and slash pine. The analysis uses 0.4-ha permanent sample plots from a forest inventory that included two remeasurement intervals (1961-1972 and 1972-1982). We present a new statistic for exploratory spatial analyses, and this statistic revealed an anomalous cluster of unusually slow-growing shortleaf pine plots occurred in the mountains 100 km north of Atlanta. A regression model was used to predict gross basal area increment as a function of variables that describe local stand conditions, and no significant spatial autocorrelations existed in the regression residuals. This result suggests that the anomalous cluster of slow-growing plots can be explained by the spatial distribution of local stand conditions rather than spatial patterns of other possible causes such as air pollution, although alternative interpretations are possible. For. Sci. 40(2):314-328.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station, Asheville, NC

Publication date: May 1, 1994

More about this publication?
  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
  • Membership Information
  • ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
Related content

Tools

Favourites

Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more