SVIBOR - Project code: 1-08-280


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Project code: 1-08-280

Vegetation map of Croatia

Main researcher: ŠUGAR, IVAN (56232)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 01/01/95. to 07/15/99.

Papers on project (total): 35
Papers on project quoted in Current Contents: 1
Institution name: Prirodoslovno-matematički fakultet, Prirodoslovni odjeli, Zagreb (119)
Department/Institute: Department of Botany
Address: Marulićev trg 20/II
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0)41 446-331
Phone: 385 (0)41 446-231
Fax: 385 (0)41 423-526

Summary: A vegetation map is a work that shows the plant world of a specific area, following precise principles of geobotanical science. The mapping procedure is based on approaching the plant world from the standpoint of its unity in plant communities that are the reflection of paterns that rule in specific phytogeographical areas. Vegetational mapping of these communities, that are made up of specific forest types, meadows, pastures, rocky ground, reeds, agricultural land, etc., shows most visibly the synthesis of vegetation research - vegetation maps. The vegetation map is directly used as a base for regional planning, road building, medicine, etc., or indirectly for making of different thematic maps that are deduced from the map of real vegetation.

Keywords: Vegetation map, real vegetation, Croatia

Research goals: The objective and purpose of a vegetation map is to show the plant cover on the principle of plant communities. In other words to determine the vegetation at every point of a certain plant area, determine the phytosociological and ecological features, and systemic association of every single plant or a group that forms a separate plant unit, and show these elements on a vegetation map. It is necessary to undergo both phytosociological and phytogeographical research, to be able to map out the vegetation. This means that it is necessary to record the state of the vegetation at the moment of research and mapping process. The result of such work is a map of the real vegetation, where the flora manifests itself as a specific grassland, underbush or forest as a final phase of development of the plant world of our climate. Showing in such a manner a specific vegetation unit on a wider scale, and establishing the area of its range, one can, at the same time establish the belts where some vegetation and climatic conditions prevail; the so called isopotential zones which are of special significance in the application of vegetation maps. When we look at the vegetation map from this point of view, then its aim is clearer to us; to show the vegetation at every point phytosociologically, ecologically, phytogeographically, to make apparent its static and dynamic components, development tendencies of the vegetation, to show the scope of influence of anthropozoogenic factors, but at the same time show the potential of every point. In the framework of mapping, this is the fundamental purpose of a vegetation map. A map can fulfill this task only if it is done through fundamental research.


  1. Name of project: Vegetacijska karta Hrvatske
    Name of institution: Šumarski fakultet, Agronomski fakultet, Šumarski institut (Jastrebarsko)
    City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia


  1. Name of institution: Šumarski fakultet
    Type of institution: Economical/Production
    City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia

  2. Name of institution: Farmaceutsko-biokemijski fakultet
    Type of institution: Economical/Production
    City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia

  3. Name of institution: Šumarski institut Jastrebarsko, radna jedinica Zagreb
    Type of institution: University/Faculty
    City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia

  4. Name of institution: Laboratoire de Systematique et d'ecologie mediterranneennes, Universite de Montpellier
    Type of institution: Economical/Production
    City: Montpellier, Francuska

  5. Name of institution: Department de physiologie des vegetaux ligneux et d'ecologie genetique Universite de Bordeaux I
    Type of institution: Economical/Production
    City: Bordeaux, Francuska

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