Universality principle in second-order phase transition models for describing succession processes and spatial distribution of species in forests


For a description of the successional processes in forest coenoses and the spatial distribution of tree species, an approach using phase transitions models is proposed. We introduced a variable equation and phase transition models that describe processes in forest coenoses. The analysis showed that the model considering processes in the forest as second-order phase transitions is in good agreement with the field data. The model parameters can be calculated from the data of field observations and used for prognosis calculations of successional processes in a forest and the distribution of important tree species in high-altitude forests. The proposed approach to the modeling of dynamic processes in the forest as phase transitions is universal and it greatly simplifies the task of constructing models of forest dynamics.

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Original Russian Text © A.S. Isaev, T.M. Ovchinnikova, S.D. Baboi, V.G. Soukhovolsky, 2014, published in Sibirskii Ekologicheskii Zhurnal, 2014, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 345–354.

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Isaev, A.S., Ovchinnikova, T.M., Baboi, S.D. et al. Universality principle in second-order phase transition models for describing succession processes and spatial distribution of species in forests. Contemp. Probl. Ecol. 7, 261–267 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1134/S199542551403007X

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  • forest stands
  • tree species
  • succession
  • high-altitude forest
  • models
  • phase transitions