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Quantitative Analysis of Complex Tropical Forest Stands: A Review

BA Oyebade, BA Ekeke

Abstract


The importance of data analysis in quantitative assessment of natural resources remains significant in the sustainable management of complex tropical forest resources. Analyses of data from complex tropical forest stands have not been easy or clear due to improper data management. It is pivotal to practical researches and discovery that promote development in forestry and many related disciplines. Many quantitative methods and
approaches are strongly dependent on the source, nature, and quality of the data. However, many issues related to data analysis in the tropical complex forests are inimical and may render quantitative methods impossible if not resolved. Data collection in many complex tropical forests is very difficult and oftentimes results in data violating simple assumptions of statistical models. The use of relevant data transformation proffers significant solution to this perennial challenge within the complex tropical forests. This paper therefore reviews statistical issues related to quantitative data collection and analyses in the complex tropical forests and provides pragmatic approaches for solving data analysis challenges in complex tropical forests’ management and planning.

Keywords: data issues, analysis, complex stands, forestry




http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/afrrev.v4i3.60200
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