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Scaling laws in the drier

The vegetation of arid ecosystems displays scale-free, self-organized spatial patterns. Monitoring of such patterns could provide warning signals of the occurrence of sudden shifts towards desert conditions.

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Figure 2: Vegetation states in arid and semi-arid ecosystems.

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Solé, R. Scaling laws in the drier. Nature 449, 151–153 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/449151a

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