On the dynamics of vegetation: Markov chains as models of succession

  title={On the dynamics of vegetation: Markov chains as models of succession},
  author={R. J. A. M. van der Hulst},
An important problem in the study of successional change is the question whether succession is Markovian, or, in other words, whether a knowledge of past vegetation is necessary in order to predict the future vegetation of a site. One approach to this problem would be to perform perturbation studies on actual vegetation. Since experimental perturbations of most vegetation types are extremely time consuming, however, a test for the importance of historical effects which can be performed on… CONTINUE READING

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