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In drought and heavy rains, ecosystems function like information communication networks

Scientists studied ecosystem connectivity at Idaho's Reynolds Creek CZO.

29 Aug 2018
News Source: National Science Foundation

Connectivity explains ecosystem responses to extreme events

Image: Scientists studied ecosystem connectivity at Idaho's Reynolds Creek CZO. [Click image to enlarge]

How is a telecommunications network like an ecosystem?

Tree canopies and the running streams below, or coral reefs and the ocean waters that flow around them, are interconnected components of a larger whole: an ecosystem. These ecosystem parts are in communication with one another, scientists have learned, via signals transmitted among earth, air and water.

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Gerald N. Flerchinger - Northwest Watershed Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture



Dynamic process connectivity explains ecohydrologic responses to rainfall pulses and drought. Goodwell, A.E., Kumar, P., Fellows, A.W., and Flerchinger, G.N. (2018): PNAS 115 (37) E8604-E8613

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