Dieter Mueller-Dombois

University of Hawaii, Botany Department, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, U. S. A.

IBOY 2001 is the International Biodiversity Observation Year, a focal year, in which the biodiversity research networks that belong to the global program DIVERSITAS will contribute their first results. In th Pacific-Asia region they include DIWPA and PABITRA. PABITRA core members will report progress on site development and methodology at the next Pacific Science Inter-Congress in Guam, June 1-6, 2001. For PABITRA. a geoecological approach (i.e. horizontal gradient) will be established that compares similar forest ecosystems (members of the same biome) occupied with different sets of biodiversities in similar environmental settings. This includes appropriate forest sampling designs, methods for inventorying and monitoring selected taxa, and approaches to assessing biodiversity functions. Likewise, an upland/lowland research design will be worked out which can be used for all PABITRA sites. This will initially be patterned after the 1989 IUBS Manual of Methods for Mountain Transect Studies. It includes as minimum program” the establishment of mountain transects. As “advanced program” it includes formalized sampling. The latter will employ methods of vegetation ecology as well as methods used in social science research concerning the role of biodiversity in human support systems at the landscape level.


Abstract from: 43rd Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science, July 23-28, 2000, Nagano, Japan.

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