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A hierarchical, multi-scale, management-responsive model of Mediterranean vegetation dynamics


  • Koniak, Gili
  • Noy-Meir, Imanuel


Ecosystems of the Mediterranean basin are characterized by a heterogeneous and dynamic landscape mosaic of vegetation formations. This landscape has been shaped over millenia by disturbances associated with agropastoral land use: clearing, grazing and burning, and by regeneration processes of the natural woody vegetation. The ability to predict the effects of management decisions on the structure and composition of the vegetation is essential for present and future land management. To improve this ability we developed a hierarchical multi-scale, management-responsive model of vegetation dynamics.

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  • Koniak, Gili & Noy-Meir, Imanuel, 2009. "A hierarchical, multi-scale, management-responsive model of Mediterranean vegetation dynamics," Ecological Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 220(8), pages 1148-1158.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecomod:v:220:y:2009:i:8:p:1148-1158
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2009.01.036

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