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variable > environmental heterogeneity

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environmental heterogeneity  


  • [Simone D. LANGHANS] Environmental heterogeneity is a key regulator of ecological processes. Riverine floodplains areparticularly heterogeneous and dynamic systems and loss of their natural environmental heterogeneityand dynamism as a consequence of human impacts constitutes their most serious threat. On riverfloodplains, flow and flood pulses create a shifting mosaic of channels, ponds, bars, islands, andriparian forest patches. Composition and spatial arrangement of these habitat patches determinetheir degree of connectivity, which in turn controls the flux of matter and energy among adjacentpatches...

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  • heterogeneity of environment

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  • 0000-0003-2195-3997


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