Accession Number : ADA327477

Title :   Applicability of Land Condition Trend Analysis Data for Biological Diversity Assessment in the Southeastern United States.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : Whitworth, William R. ; Hill, Allson

PDF Url : ADA327477

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 84

Abstract : Military lands not only support traditional training and testing activities, some of which are inherently damaging, but an increasingly diverse nonmilitary agenda. Army Regulation AR 200-3 requires commanders and land managers to consider the impacts of Army activities on biological diversity (biodiversity). Biodiversity has been described simplistically as 'the variety of life', yet is known to be composed of highly interactive biotic and abiotic elements that occur at multiple spatial and temporal scales. This report briefly reviews the concept of biodiversity, its primary aftributes of composition, structure and function, and the degree to which standard Land Condition Trend Analyses (LCTA) data can be applied towards characterizing them. Data collected under current methodology is most applicable towards characterizing the composition attribute of biodiversity, with structural and functional attributes receiving progressively lesser degrees of support. Although LCTA can provide biodiversity-relevant information at multiple scales, additional data sources should be utilized to address known deficiencies and gaps in coverage. Examples of analyses pertinent to biodiversity characterization are provided, and will provide installation land managers greater flexibility in addressing biodiversity issues identified by Army regulation, government agencies and the general public.

Descriptors :   *NATURAL RESOURCES, *RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, *LAND AREAS, SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION, METHODOLOGY, UNITED STATES, BIOLOGY, INTERACTIONS, SCALE, INSTALLATION, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, ARMY, ARMY OPERATIONS, REGULATIONS, ABIOTIC PROCESSES.

Subject Categories : Geography
      Computer Programming and Software
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE