The Holdridge life zones of the conterminous United States in relation to ecosystem mapping

  title={The Holdridge life zones of the conterminous United States in relation to ecosystem mapping},
  author={Ariel E. Lugo and Susan L. Brown and Rusty F. Dodson and Thomas S. Smith and Herman H. Shugart},
  journal={Journal of Biogeography},
Aim Our main goals were to develop a map of the life zones for the conterminous United States, based on the Holdridge Life Zone system, as a tool for ecosystem mapping, and to compare the map of Holdridge life zones with other global vegetation classification and mapping efforts. 

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