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Measuring Plant DiversityLessons from the Field$
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Thomas J. Stohlgren

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.001.0001

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Case Study

Case Study

Testing a Nested-Intensity Sampling Design

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Measuring Plant Diversity

Thomas J. Stohlgren

Oxford University Press

The variability inherent in all natural landscapes poses a significant challenge in designing accurate and complete inventories of plant diversity given typical cost constraints. One option is to establish many large plots across the landscape, or maybe twice as many smaller plots across the landscape for the same cost. However, all designs have cost limitations. In this case study, three plot designs were used: a large, multi-scale plot; a smaller multi-scale plot; and a single-scale plot to assess the advantages and disadvantages associated with the integrated use of three vegetation sampling plot designs.

Keywords:   patchy species, rare species, large multi-scale plot, small multi-scale plot, single-scale plot

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