Vegetation Measurement and Monitoring

Vegetation Structure Learning Objectives

Overview of Vegetation Structure

This module focuses on vegetation structure: what structure represents, how it is measured, and how information about vegetation structure is used to inform resource management decisions. Very simply, vegetation structure refers to the three-dimensional arrangement of plants and plant materials on a site or across a landscape. Vegetation structure is primarily influenced by plant cover on horizontal and vertical planes.


Learning Objectives 

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  1. Define vegetation structure and describe situations or applications in which measuring vegetation structure is appropriate.
  2. Differentiate between advantages and disadvantages associated with measuring vegetation structure.
  3. Be able to differentiate between the main types of measurement methods used to gather vegetation structure data. These include methods to measure canopy cover and gap intercept to measure horizontal structure, and vegetation height and visual obstruction to measure vertical structure.
  4. Given a small data set, be able to calculate canopy gap intercept, vegetation height, and visual obstruction.