Kim, Daehyun Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, Ames, Kentucky.
- Definition and measurement
- Vegetation dynamics over time and space
- Internal and external drivers
- Vegetation as ecosystem engineers
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Today, Earth's physical environment is changing dynamically. Changes in climate conditions (such as temperature and precipitation) and land-use patterns (such as forest clearance and coastal reclamation) are of particular importance to vegetation. Whether these changes are gradual or rapid, they often have profound influences on the physiology of plants and on the quality and quantity of the soil resources on which they rely. Because of such dynamism in both abiotic and biotic components on Earth, contemporary science seeks to develop appropriate strategies to conserve (and restore, when necessary) the spatial distribution of vegetation and plant species diversity in various terrestrial ecosystems.
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