Changing skewness: an early warning signal of regime shifts in ecosystems.

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Empirical evidence for large-scale abrupt changes in ecosystems such as lakes and vegetation of semi-arid regions is growing. Such changes, called regime shifts, can lead to degradation of ecological services. We study simple ecological models that show a catastrophic transition as a control parameter is varied and propose a novel early warning signal that… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01160.x

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