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《Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology》 2009-07
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Vertical zonation of mountain landscape:A review

SUN Ran-hao1,CHEN Li-ding1,ZHANG Bai-ping2,FU Bo-jie1(1State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology,Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100085,China;2Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100101,China)  
Vertical gradient of mountain landscape is about 1000 times of its horizontal gradient,and hence,only using landscape pattern index is quite difficult to reflect the landscape regularity along vertical gradient.Mountain altitudinal belt is a kind of classic geographic models representing the vertical differentiation of landscape,being of significance in geographic and ecological researches.However,the discrete expression pattern and the inaccuracy of the borderlines of mountain vertical belts limit the roles of mountain vertical belt in accurately describing landscape pattern in regional scale and in explaining ecological processes.This paper reviewed the research progress and existing problems on mountain altitudinal belt,put forward a suggestion of using modern information technology to establish a comprehensive and continuous mountain landscape information chart,and discussed the framework and prospect of the establishment of the chart,which would have reference value for accurately describing mountain landscape pattern and explaining specific ecological processes,and promote the further improvement of the methodology for mountain ecological research.
【Fund】: 城市与区域生态国家重点实验室自主项目(SKLURE2008-1-02);; 国家重点基础研究发展规划项目(2009CB421104)资助
【CateGory Index】: Q14
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