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Allometric scaling as an indicator of ecosystem state: a new approach

  • Bai-Lian Li
  • Victor G. Gorshkov
  • Anastassia M. Makarieva
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)

It is argued that the problem of regional environmental security cannot in principle be solved without involving the regulatory environmental potential of the natural biota. Ecological allometry, i.e. the analysis of ecological and environmental phenomena based on body size and spatial scale regularities, is shown to provide clues to understanding the principles of environmental homeostasis in natural ecosystems.

Keywords: Allometric scaling; biotic regulation; energy consumption; forest; leaf area index; primary productivity; transpiration; water cycle

Keywords

Atmospheric Moisture Allometric Scaling Environmental Security Ecosystem State Relative Fluctuation 
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© Springer 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bai-Lian Li
    • 1
  • Victor G. Gorshkov
    • 2
  • Anastassia M. Makarieva
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Botany and Plant SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Russian Academy of SciencesTheoretical Physics Division, Petersburg Nuclear Physics InstituteGatchinaRussia

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