Long-term dynamics and hotspots of change in a desert grassland plant community.

@article{Collins2015LongtermDA,
  title={Long-term dynamics and hotspots of change in a desert grassland plant community.},
  author={Scott L Collins and Yang Xia},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2015},
  volume={185 2},
  pages={E30-43}
}
Natural and anthropogenic disturbances are key drivers of vegetation dynamics. The hierarchical-response framework proposes that directional change in communities is driven by chronic resource alterations resulting from global environmental change in the absence of disturbance. Because vegetation is spatially heterogeneous, some local areas within a larger community may be more dynamic than others. Thus, the average rate of change may mask dynamic hotspots and local areas where vegetation… CONTINUE READING

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