Chapter 2. Patterns in Vegetation Ecology

  1. Otto Wildi

Published Online: 14 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470664971.ch2

Data Analysis in Vegetation Ecology

Data Analysis in Vegetation Ecology

How to Cite

Wildi, O. (2010) Patterns in Vegetation Ecology, in Data Analysis in Vegetation Ecology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470664971.ch2

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 patterns;
  • pattern recognition and search for patterns in vegetation ecology;
  • peat bog centre - in Bavarian Pre-Alps;
  • patterns obscured by overlay and random variation - regularity and randomness;
  • Swiss National Park - ordination of horseshoe-shaped vegetation gradient;
  • patterns and different kinds of regularities;
  • species performance;
  • species vectors, depicting occurrence across relevées and site vectors;
  • pattern recognition sampling;
  • ecological pattern interpretation - distinguishing pattern, process and mechanism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Pattern recognition

  • Interpretation of patterns

  • Sampling for pattern recognition