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Pervasive canopy dynamics produce short-term stability in a tropical rain forest landscape

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dc.contributor.author Kellner, James R. en
dc.contributor.author Clark, David B. en
dc.contributor.author Hubbell, Stephen P. en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-09T20:04:16Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-09T20:04:16Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Kellner, James R., Clark, David B., and Hubbell, Stephen P. 2009. "<a href="https%3A%2F%2Frepository.si.edu%2Fhandle%2F10088%2F11968">Pervasive canopy dynamics produce short-term stability in a tropical rain forest landscape</a>." <em>Ecology Letters</em>. 12 (2):155&ndash;164. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01274.x">https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01274.x</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 1461-023X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10088/11968
dc.description.abstract A fundamental property of all forest landscapes is the size frequency distribution of canopy gap disturbances. But characterizing forest structure and changes at large spatial scales has been challenging and most of our understanding is from permanent inventory plots. Here we report the first application of light detection and ranging remote sensing to measurements of canopy disturbance and regeneration in an old-growth tropical rain forest landscape. Pervasive local height changes figure prominently in the dynamics of this forest. Although most canopy gaps recruited to higher positions during 8.5 years, size frequency distributions were similar at two points in time and well-predicted by power-laws. At larger spatial scales (hundreds of ha), height increases and decreases occurred with similar frequency and changes to canopy height that were analysed using a height transition matrix suggest that the distribution of canopy height at the beginning of the study was close to the projected steady-state equilibrium under the recent disturbance regime. Taken together, these findings show how widespread local height changes can produce short-term stability in a tropical rain forest landscape. en
dc.relation.ispartof Ecology Letters en
dc.title Pervasive canopy dynamics produce short-term stability in a tropical rain forest landscape en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 77173
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01274.x
rft.jtitle Ecology Letters
rft.volume 12
rft.issue 2
rft.spage 155
rft.epage 164
dc.description.SIUnit STRI en
dc.citation.spage 155
dc.citation.epage 164


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