A hierarchical framework for the analysis of scale

@article{ONeill2004AHF,
  title={A hierarchical framework for the analysis of scale},
  author={Robert V. O'Neill and Alan R. Johnson and Anthony W. King},
  journal={Landscape Ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={3},
  pages={193-205}
}
Landscapes are complex ecological systems that operate over broad spatiotemporal scales. Hierarchy theory conceptualizes such systems as composed of relatively isolated levels, each operating at a distinct time and space scale. This paper explores some basic properties of scaled systems with a view toward taking advantage of the scaled structure in predicting system dynamics. Three basic properties are explored: (1) hierarchical structuring, (2) disequilibrium, and (3) metastability. These… CONTINUE READING
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