Deforestation+p.1 - Deforestation Today: What is forest?...

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Unformatted text preview: Deforestation Today: What is forest? Forest types Countries by forested areas How do we monitor forest change What is forest? A B o minimum height 2m o canopy cover 1% o area 0.05 ha o minimum height 25m o canopy cover 95% o minimum area 50 ha Definition of forest Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) minimum height 5m canopy cover >10% minimum area 0.5 ha Definition of forest Definitions are usually based in canopy (crown) cover minimum height minimum area IGBP (International Geosphere - Biosphere Programme): tree canopy cover > 60% Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) canopy (crown) cover >10% minimum height 5m minimum area 0.5 ha It depends on the objective (management, research, policy) Forest/Forest cover Land on which trees form the dominant vegetation type. The FAO defines forest as land with: tree crown cover of more than 10 percent of the ground land area of more than 0.5 ha. trees should characteristically reach a minimum height of 5 m at maturity. What is canopy cover? Canopy cover refers to the amount of the open sky blocked out by the leafy overstory of forest trees, as seen from below. It can be expressed most simply as percent canopy cover. canopy cover....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course GEA 2284 taught by Professor Annaszyniszewska during the Fall '11 term at University of Florida.

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