Spatial vegetation patterns and imminent desertification in Mediterranean arid ecosystems

@article{Kfi2007SpatialVP,
  title={Spatial vegetation patterns and imminent desertification in Mediterranean arid ecosystems},
  author={S. K{\'e}fi and M. Rietkerk and C. L. Alados and Y. Pueyo and V. Papanastasis and Ahmed ElAich and P. D. Ruiter},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2007},
  volume={449},
  pages={213-217}
}
Humans and climate affect ecosystems and their services, which may involve continuous and discontinuous transitions from one stable state to another. Discontinuous transitions are abrupt, irreversible and among the most catastrophic changes of ecosystems identified. For terrestrial ecosystems, it has been hypothesized that vegetation patchiness could be used as a signature of imminent transitions. Here, we analyse how vegetation patchiness changes in arid ecosystems with different grazing… Expand
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