Temporal scaling in complex systems resonant frequencies and biotic variability

Lance Gunderson, Craig R. Allen, Don Wardwell

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Structure in complex systems, such as ecosystems, is scale specific, with discontinuities bounding domains within which scaling laws apply. Concordantly, changes in spatial pattern across different ranges of scale are described by different scaling relationships. The spatial aspect of scale has continued to receive considerable attention in the field of landscape ecology; however, scale has dimensions of time as well as space, and the consideration of one without the other neglects half the picture. In this chapter, we concentrate on the scaling axis of time, and describe cycles in temporal patterns in the Everglades ecosystem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTemporal Dimensions of Landscape Ecology
Subtitle of host publicationWildlife Responses to Variable Resources
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)0387454446, 9780387454450
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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