Banded vegetation: Biological productivity and resilience

Hezi Yizhaq, Erez Gilad, Ehud Meron

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Vegetation band patterns on hill slopes are studied using a mathematical model. The model applies to drylands, where the limiting resource is water, and takes into account positive feedback effects between biomass and water. Multiple band patterns coexisting in wide precipitation ranges are found. For given precipitation and slope conditions band patterns with higher wavenumbers are more biologically productive. High-wavenumber patterns, however, are less resilient to environmental changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2005
EventNonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics and Nonlinear Physics (MEDYFINOL'04) -
Duration: 2 Dec 20044 Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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