Spatial vegetation patterns and imminent desertification in Mediterranean arid ecosystems

  title={Spatial vegetation patterns and imminent desertification in Mediterranean arid ecosystems},
  author={Sonia K{\'e}fi and Max Rietkerk and C. L. Alados and Yolanda Pueyo and Vasilios P. Papanastasis and Ahmed ElAich and Peter C. de Ruiter},
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… CONTINUE READING
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