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Simulation of wetlands forest vegetation dynamics

January 1, 1979

A computer program, SWAMP, was designed to simulate the effects of flood frequency and depth to water table on southern wetlands forest vegetation dynamics. By incorporating these hydrologic characteristics into the model, forest vegetation and vegetation dynamics can be simulated. The model, based on data from the White River National Wildlife Refuge near De Witt, Arkansas, “grows” individual trees on a 20 x 20-m plot taking into account effects on the tree growth of flooding, depth to water table, shade tolerance, overtopping and crowding, and probability of death and reproduction. A potential application of the model is illustrated with simulations of tree fruit production following flood-control implementation and lumbering.

Publication Year 1979
Title Simulation of wetlands forest vegetation dynamics
DOI 10.1016/0304-3800(79)90038-3
Authors Richard L. Phipps
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Ecological Modelling
Index ID 70012546
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse