Reevaluating the theory of gap dynamics using studies of typhoon disturbance at the fushan experimental forest, Northeastern Taiwan

貢獻的翻譯標題: 以台灣東北部福山試驗林颱風研究重新評估孔隙動態理論

Teng Chiu Lin*


研究成果: 雜誌貢獻期刊論文同行評審

1 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)


The theory of gap dynamics generalizes disturbance-diversity-forest dynamics relationships but is hotly debated. Studies of interactions between tropical cyclones and forest dynamics at the Fushan Long-term Ecological Research Site in northeastern Taiwan, where typhoon disturbances occur on an annual basis, indicate that gaps created by disturbances do not always differ from the non-gap understory in important physical conditions such as light availability and variability. Therefore, shade-tolerant and -intolerant species can coexist in both gaps and the non-gap understory. In such forests, gaps are not indispensable for the establishment and growth of shade-intolerant species as postulated by the theory of gap dynamics. Thus, it is important to focus on specific environmental conditions rather than the gap versus non-gap status when discussing gap-biodiversity-forest dynamics relationships. In the era of climate change characterized by more-frequent climate extremes and natural disturbances, we should move beyond generalizations and directly address the processes leading to the observed relationships among disturbance, diversity, and forest dynamics.

頁(從 - 到)97-102
期刊Taiwan Journal of Forest Science
出版狀態已發佈 - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 森林科學