Linking habitat modification to catastrophic shifts and vegetation patterns in bogs

  title={Linking habitat modification to catastrophic shifts and vegetation patterns in bogs},
  author={Maarten B Eppinga and Max Rietkerk and Martin J. Wassen and Peter C. de Ruiter},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
Paleoecological studies indicate that peatland ecosystems may exhibit bistability. This would mean that these systems are resilient to gradual changes in climate, until environmental thresholds are passed. Then, ecosystem stability is lost and rapid shifts in surface and vegetation structure at landscape scale occur. Another remarkable feature is the commonly observed self-organized spatial vegetation patterning, such as string-flark and maze patterns. Bistability and spatial self-organization… CONTINUE READING
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