عنوان مقاله [English]
This research was conducted to investigate the spatial structure to estimate the crown cover and density of a coppice oak forest in west of Iran (Loristan province) using Kriging and IDW (Inverse Distance Weighting) interpolation methods. Field sampling was performed based on a 100m×100m systematic grid using 1500 m2 circular samples of. Totally, 54 sample plots were measured at 54 ha. Experimental variograms for forest stem density and crown cover were calculated and plotted using the geo-referenced inventory plots. The calculated variograms of stem density and crown cover showed medium spatial autocorrelation fitted by spherical models. Estimations were made by ordinary block (38m×38m) kriging and IDW (power=2). Cross-validation results showed that all estimations are unbiased. Therefore, Kriging and IDW are able to accurately estimate and map the crown cover and density of this kind of coppice forests.