Testing for criticality in ecosystem dynamics: the case of Amazonian rainforest and savanna fire.

@article{Pueyo2010TestingFC,
  title={Testing for criticality in ecosystem dynamics: the case of Amazonian rainforest and savanna fire.},
  author={Salvador Pueyo and Paulo Maur{\'i}cio Lima de Alencastro Graça and Reinaldo Imbrozio Barbosa and Ricard Cots and Eva Cardona and Philip Martin Fearnside},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2010},
  volume={13 7},
  pages={793-802}
}
We test for two critical phenomena in Amazonian ecosystems: self-organized criticality (SOC) and critical transitions. SOC is often presented in the complex systems literature as a general explanation for scale invariance in nature. In particular, this mechanism is claimed to underlie the macroscopic structure and dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems. These would be inextricably linked to the action of fire, which is conceived as an endogenous ecological process. We show that Amazonian savanna… CONTINUE READING
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