Quantifying forest fragmentation spatial process in the developing State of Selangor, peninsular Malaysia

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Forest fragmentation has several phases; thus, the ecological significance of each phase during a particular period of time must be interpreted. To interpret, this study quantifies the magnitude of forest loss and the changes in the temporal pattern of fragmentation in the State of Selangor, peninsular Malaysia. Using the decision tree model of land transformation, five phases of forest fragmentation were identified: perforation, dissection, dissipation, shrinkage and attrition. This analysis showed that the magnitude of forest loss was the highest during the dissipation phase. The patchiness analysis showed that dissipation contributes to the highest environmental uncertainty found for the forest patches. This study can be considered a first step in the exploration of the properties and the behavioural pattern shown by the spatial process of forest fragmentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-309
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Land Use Science
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2016

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Keywords

  • conservation planning
  • land transformation
  • land use
  • landscape fragmentation
  • Malaysia
  • tropical forest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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