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A chronosequence (in forest sciences) is a set of forested sites that share similar attributes but are of different ages.[1] Since many processes in forest ecology take a long time (decades or centuries) to develop, chronosequence methods are used to represent and study the time-dependent development of a forest. Field data from a chronosequence can be collected in a short period of several months. For example, chronosequences are often used to study the changes in plant communities during succession.[2]


  1. ^ Johnson, Edward Arnold (2007). Plant disturbance ecology: the process and the response. Academic Press. p. 5. ISBN 0-12-088778-9. 
  2. ^ Knops, Johannes M.H.; Tilman, David (2000). "Dynamics of soil nitrogen and carbon accumulation for 61 years after agricultural abandonment". Ecology 81 (1): 88–98. doi:10.2307/177136.