Biodiversity & Ecology
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Vegetation Database of the Hyrcanian Area
Keywords: Caspian; Hyrcanian forest; relevé data.
Abstract: The Hyrcanian (Caspian) area located in the north of Iran comprises a narrow band of temperate deciduous forests and is contiguous with a larger forest region extending through the Caucasus to eastern Turkey. These forests are covering the north-facing slopes of the Alborz mountain range and extend from the northwest to the northeast of Iran with an area of about 19,000 km². Generally, the Hyrcanian area ranges from cool deciduous-lowland forests towards cool deciduous-mountain and timberline forests. The flora and vegetation of the Hyrcanian forests have been studied during the last half of century and comparative studies on the ecology of forest communities in the area are increasing. However, there is no comprehenisive database on the whole area. The Vegetation Database of the Hyrcanian Area (GIVD ID AS-IR-003) aims at providing a preliminary database for future comprehensive vegetation analysis.
Naqinezhad, A. (2012): Vegetation Database of the Hyrcanian Area. – In: Dengler, J., Oldeland, J., Jansen, F., Chytrý, M., Ewald, J., Finckh, M., Glöckler, F., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Peet, R.K., Schaminée, J.H.J. [Eds.]: Vegetation databases for the 21st century. – Biodiversity & Ecology 4: 307–307. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00103.