Determining Process Through Pattern: Reality or Fantasy?
Terrestrial ecologists are becoming increasingly aware of the need to understand the dynamics of ecological systems across a range of spatial and temporal scales (e.g., Wiens 1989, Denslow 1990, Chesson 1990). Part of the reason for this interest is a growing awareness of the largescale ecological problems impacting society. For example, global warming, acid rain, deforestation, and the development of the antarctic ozone hole all involve processes acting over a very broad range of spatial scales. Unfortunately, we are faced with a fundamental problem in understanding the relationship between these broad-scale environmental problems and basic ecological processes. This is due in large part to the approaches traditionally employed by ecologists.
KeywordsAutocorrelation Function Disturbance Regime Autocorrelation Analysis Annual Grassland Initiation Probability
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