Chin J Plant Ecol ›› 2022, Vol. 46 ›› Issue (3): 368-372.DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2022.0042

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Interpretations, supplements, and modifications of some protocols for compiling Vegegraphy of China

WANG Guo-Hong1, GUO Ke1, XIE Zong-Qiang1, TANG Zhi-Yao2, JIANG Yan-Ling1, FANG Jing-Yun1,2,*()   

  1. 1State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environment Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China
    2Institute of Ecology, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2022-01-25 Accepted:2022-03-11 Online:2022-03-20 Published:2022-03-14
  • Contact: FANG Jing-Yun
  • Supported by:
    Special Foundation for National Science and Technology Basic Research Program of China(2015FY210200);Special Foundation for National Science and Technology Basic Resources Investigation of China(2019FY202300)


The compiling protocols of Vegegraphy of China published earlier provided standards and guidelines for the compilation of Vegegraphy of China. In this study, we interpreted, revised and supplemented the protocols in view of some specific issues and deficiencies encountered during the subsequent compilation processes. We reaffirmed the term “Vegetation type” as a way to identify Volumes and Issues of the Vegegraphy of China. We emphasized the description of quantitative characteristics of the medium- and/or lower-level vegetation classification units, and we proposed to review and accept the community types recorded in literatures. In addition, we further elucidated the importance of the quantitative classification method as a way to support the vegetation classification scheme. These supplements and revisions, together with the previous protocols, constitute the basis and standard for compiling the Vegegraphy of China.

Key words: community quantitative characteristics, vegetation classification method, vegetation type, volume and issue division, community vertical profile