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dc.contributor.advisorWhite, Joseph Daniel.
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Jonathan Armstrong, 1981-
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University. Dept. of Biology.en
dc.date.accessioned2009-06-10T17:17:02Z
dc.date.available2009-06-10T17:17:02Z
dc.date.copyright2009-05
dc.date.issued2009-06-10T17:17:02Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/5337
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 53-55).en
dc.description.abstractThe present study examines canopy foliar traits and their interactions with the greater ecosystem at multiple scales. Leaf mass/area ratios, nitrogen, and phosphorus were measured and were shown to correlate with relative light levels in some species. Leaf nutrition is used as the basis for a leaf development model. Leaf mass and leaf area index data are utilized to calculate canopy fuels. Species presence/absence at sites is shown to result in significantly different crown fuel loadings. A multiple linear regression approach was adopted to create mapping that takes into account crown bulk density (CBD) spatial heterogeneity. This mapping was used for a series of crown fire simulation comparisons. Fire simulation data show significantly greater frequency of active crown fire occurrence with modeled CBD mapping. Active crown fire initiation is shown to be a function of fuel contiguity levels not achieved by average CBD mapping.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Jonathan A. Thomas.en
dc.format.extentvii, 55 p. : ill.en
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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.rightsBaylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact librarywebmaster@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission.en
dc.subjectForest canopy ecology.en
dc.subjectEcological disturbances.en
dc.subjectEcological heterogeneity.en
dc.subjectTrees -- Physiology --- Texas.en
dc.subjectForest fires -- Simulation methods.en
dc.subjectBalcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge (Tex.)en
dc.titleModeling canopy foliar traits and disturbance interactions in central Texas woodlands.en
dc.typeThesisen
dc.description.degreeM.S.en
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen
dc.contributor.departmentBiology.en


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