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Global patterns of tropical forest fragmentation [Nature]

Keywords : biogeography, ecological modelling, forest ecology, phase transitions and critical phenomena, theoretical ecology

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Remote sensing enables the quantification of tropical deforestation with high spatial resolution. This in-depth mapping has led to substantial advances in the analysis of continent-wide fragmentation of tropical forests. Here we identified approximately 130 million forest fragments in three continents that show surprisingly similar power-law size and perimeter distributions as well as fractal dimensions.(...)

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