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Renato Augusto F. de Lima, Paulo Inácio Prado, Adriana Maria Z. Martini, Leandro J. Fonseca, Sérgius Gandolfi and Ricardo R. Rodrigues Improving methods in gap ecology: revisiting size and shape distributions using a model selection approach Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Version of Record online: 1 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01483.x

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We revisited gap size and shape distributions, two important forest descriptors, and showed that size distribution was Log-normal independently of forest type or gap delimitation method and could be related to random rates of gap expansion and closure.Basic geometric forms, particularly the ellipse, were poor descriptors of gap shape that might be more precisely described by fractal objects.

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