Disturbance, Gradients, and Ecological Response
This chapter examines the causal relationship of physical and climatic gradients to the environmental conditions and resources of the ecosystem. It dwells mainly on the sets of relationships in an abiotic environment, structural environment, biotic environment and disturbance regime. It then distinguishes the varied effects brought by natural variables such as tectonic activity, changes in physiography, and sea level from the regional variables such as topography and global climate through a conceptual model for spatial and temporal dynamics of patterns of Luquillo Mountains.
Keywords: climatic gradients, abiotic environment, structural environment, biotic environment, disturbance regime, physiography, global climate, Luquillo Mountains, spatial dynamics, temporal dynamics
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