Assessment of Diversity of Forest Structure in Gunja-Dong, Siheung City, Korea

시흥시 군자동 일대 산림 구조의 다양성 평가

  • Ryu, Ji-Eun (National institute of environmental research) ;
  • Kang, Jong-Hyun (National institute of environmental research) ;
  • Lee, Dong-Kun (Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Rural System Engineering, Seoul National University)
  • Received : 2010.07.28
  • Accepted : 2011.02.16
  • Published : 2011.02.28


Habitats loss and fragmentation are major threats to biodiversity. There are various kinds of environmental assessment have been developed for various problems to solve. Yet, there are no well-developed methods for quantifying and predicting about biodiversity. To achieve a sustainable conservation for biodiversity, the structural diversity of forest must be assessed by proper indexes. This study aim to quantitatively assess the diversity of forest structure as habitats and results of the verification by bird survey for objective presentation of evidence. As a result of literature review, some indexes were selected as potential prediction tools for biodiversity; area of patch, area of core regions, shape of patch and average age of stand. The assessment results were estimated by monitoring of birds for accuracy verification and the results were almost in agreement with each others. But, 1 and 2 level of forests were showed ambiguous results. Certainly, this study was limited in some valuation indexes on landscape scale. Further studies should be considered that different environmental factors such as land use, disturbances by human and vegetation index. Also, we expect that the additional monitoring of birds should give rise to the result which is improved assessment results.


Biodiversity assessment;Bird;ecological indexes;conservation


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