Self-organization and vegetation collapse in salt marsh ecosystems.

  title={Self-organization and vegetation collapse in salt marsh ecosystems.},
  author={Johan van de Koppel and Daphne van der Wal and Jan P J Bakker and Peter M. J. Herman},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={165 1},
Complexity theory predicts that local feedback processes may strongly affect the organization of ecosystems on larger spatial scales. Whether complexity leads to increased resilience and stability or to increased vulnerability and criticality remains one of the dominant questions in ecology. We present a combined theoretical and empirical study of complex dynamics in mineralogenic salt marsh ecosystems that emerge from a positive feedback between clay accumulation and plant growth. Positive… CONTINUE READING
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