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Research applications of ecosystem patterns

Bailey, Robert G. 2009. Research applications of ecosystem patterns. In: McRoberts, R. E.; Reams, G. A.; Van Deusen, P. A.; McWilliams, W. H., eds. Prooceedings of the Eighth Annual Forest Inventory and Analysis Symposium; October 16-19 2006; Monterey, CA. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-79. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: 83-90.

This article discusses the origins of natural ecosystem patterns from global to local scales. It describes how understanding these patterns can help scientists and managers in two ways. First, the local systems are shown within the context of larger systems. This perspective can be applied in assessing the connections between action at one scale and effect at another, the spatial transferability of models, and the links between terrestrial and aquatic systems. Second, scientists and managers can benefit because they gain information about the geographic patterns in ecosystems. Consequently, they are in a better position to design sampling networks, transfer knowledge, and analyze ecosystem diversity. The usefulness of multiscale analysis of ecosystem patterns suggests new scientific directions for research and points the way for restructuring the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture research programs.

Keywords: ecosystem patterns, global and local scales, multiscale analysis

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Electronic Publish Date: June 18, 2009
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