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Succession

in Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

Published by Berkshire Publishing Group

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780190622664
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190622664
Succession

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Succession is temporal change in ecosystem structure that can be initiated either naturally or by humans. Ecologists and ecosystem managers use different models to understand and predict this change in order to promote sustainability. The traditional linear models for succession have been challenged by newer nonequilibrium models that emphasize abiotic controls and multiple endpoints.

Reference Entry.  2834 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Science and Mathematics

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