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Fitosociologia numero 41 (1) S1

pag. 21-25: The map of the vegetation series of Italy

C. Blasi, G. Filibeck, R. Frondoni, L. Rosati & D. Smiraglia

Dipartimento di Biologia Vegetale, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, I-00185 Roma

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abstract

We present the methodology developed for mapping the vegetation series of Italy (at scale 1:250,000) in the frame of the project “Completion of Basic Naturalistic Knowledge”, funded by the Italian Ministry of the Environment. A hierarchical land classification is combined with expert knowledge of vegetation dynamics and phytosociological field data. The Map of the Vegetation Series is an essential tool for ecological planning and land management.

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vegetation series, potential natural vegetation, hierarchical land classification