Yukihiro Morimoto

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We evaluated the effectiveness of integrating discrete return light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data with high spatial resolution near-infrared digital imagery for object-based classification of land cover types and dominant tree species. In particular we adopted LiDAR ratio features based on pulse attributes that have not been used in past studies.(More)
We dedicate this special feature to the forerunners of urban vegetation science: Foreword The loss of biodiversity, the impact of climate change, and the growth of the world's urban population, the main challenges of this century for life on earth, are all strongly interconnected. The Tenth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity(More)
Habitat fragmentation is likely to have deleterious genetic consequences for plant populations. Although the genetic effects of fragmentation in plants have been investigated in various landscapes, such studies are scarce in urban landscapes where forests tend to be fragmented and have a complex internal structure. This study aimed to determine the factors,(More)
Research on change in land use and landscape pattern is the foundation for studies exploring natural and cultural landscape of a region. This study used GIS software and utilized topographic maps to examine the changes that occurred in the Oguraike floodplain, during the time points of 1888, 1909, 1961, and 2002. The Oguraike floodplain, which was dominated(More)
In this study, we evaluated methods for reliably estimating leaf area index (LAI) and gap fraction in two different types of broad-leaved forests by the use of airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data. We evaluated 13 estimation variables related to laser height, laser penetration rate, and laser point attributes that were derived from LiDAR(More)
It is important to conserve bryophyte diversity in fragmented forests, due to the vulnerability of this group to environmental change. In this study, the utility of bryophyte functional groups (taxonomic classes, substrate classes, and life-forms) was examined as indicators for planning urban area conservation of bryophyte diversity. The study sites(More)
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