Chapter 1. Introduction

  1. Otto Wildi

Published Online: 14 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470664971.ch1

Data Analysis in Vegetation Ecology

Data Analysis in Vegetation Ecology

How to Cite

Wildi, O. (2010) Introduction, in Data Analysis in Vegetation Ecology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470664971.ch1

Author Information

  1. WSL Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470661024

Online ISBN: 9780470664971



  • vegetation ecology and understanding vegetation systems in a scientific context;
  • understanding vegetation dynamics;
  • fascination or mystery - of what plants ‘have in mind’ when populating the world;
  • rules governing the world causing patterns - and assessment of patterns;
  • our access to the real world – restricting, differing among individuals;
  • models reflecting the real world - difficult tasks due to complexity of systems;
  • global climate change effect;
  • successive approximation and flexible analysis;
  • data analysis - distinguishing random from deterministic components;
  • spatial patterns - changing over time