2. Classification of Natural and Semi-natural Vegetation

  1. Eddy van der Maarel3 and
  2. Janet Franklin4
  1. Robert K. Peet1 and
  2. David W. Roberts2

Published Online: 25 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118452592.ch2

Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition

Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Peet, R. K. and Roberts, D. W. (2013) Classification of Natural and Semi-natural Vegetation, in Vegetation Ecology, Second Edition (eds E. van der Maarel and J. Franklin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118452592.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Community and Conservation Ecology Group, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands

  2. 4

    School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Arizona, United States

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of North Carolina, USA

  2. 2

    Montana State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2013
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444338881

Online ISBN: 9781118452592



  • vegetation classification;
  • Braun-Blanquet;
  • US National Vegetation Classification;
  • taxa;
  • table sorting;
  • standardization;
  • hierarchical agglomerative clustering;
  • hierarchical divisive clustering;
  • non-hierarchical partitioning;
  • fidelity


This chapter covers classification of natural and semi-natural vegetation, including classification frameworks, components of classification, project planning and data acquisition, data preparation and integration, community entitation, cluster assessment, community characterization and determination, classification integration, documentation, and future directions and challenges.