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Single-Scale Sampling

Thomas J. Stohlgren

in Measuring Plant Diversity

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195172331
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.003.0004
 Single-Scale Sampling

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This chapter provides examples and discusses several single-scale sampling techniques for measuring plant diversity. Common techniques include: searching, where a species list is obtained for a site, natural area, of ecosystem; single-scale plots, where plant species and their foliar cover are commonly recorded; and nested-plot designs, where large plots are used to measure trees, and nested smaller plots are used to measure saplings or herbs and grasses. The benefits of single-scale sampling include simplicity, large sample size, and ease of analysis. The limitations of single-scale sampling also are discussed.

Keywords: searching; foliar cover; sample size; nested-plot designs

Chapter.  6765 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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