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A Caribbean Forest TapestryThe Multidimensional Nature of Disturbance and Response$
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Nicholas Brokaw, Todd Crowl, Ariel Lugo, William McDowell, Frederick Scatena, Robert Waide, and Michael Willig

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195334692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195334692.001.0001

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Response to Disturbance

Response to Disturbance

(p.201) 5 Response to Disturbance
A Caribbean Forest Tapestry

Nicholas Brokaw

Jess K. Zimmerman

Michael R. Willig

Gerardo R. Camilo

Alan P. Covich

Todd A. Crowl

Ned Fetcher

Bruce L. Haines

D. Jean Lodge

Ariel E. Lugo

Randall W. Myster

Catherine M. Pringle

Joanne M. Sharpe

Frederick N. Scatena

Timothy D. Schowalter

Whendee L. Silver

Jill Thompson

Daniel J. Vogt

Kristiina A. Vogt

Robert B. Waide

Lawrence R. Walker

Lawrence L. Woolbright

Joseph M. Wunderle, Jr.

Xiaoming Zou

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the responses of the organisms, communities, and ecosystems to the variety of disturbances by utilizing the conceptual model discussed in Chapter 2. It also dwells on the concepts of residuals, legacies, and ecological space in the understanding of disturbances such as background treefalls, hurricanes, floods, drought, landslides, and other human-induced disturbances. Finally, it outlines the variations caused by disturbances and the interactions among these disturbances.

Keywords:   variety of disturbances, conceptual model, residuals, legacies, ecological space, background treefalls

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