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Includes explanations of inherently mathematical models, aided by the use of graphs and diagrams illustrating causal interactions and by examples implemented as Excel spreadsheets Uses a process-based model as a framework for explaining the mechanisms underlying plant growth Integrated approach provides a clear and relatively simple treatment.

Powered by. You are connected as. Connect with:. Use your name:. Thank you for posting a review! We value your input. Share your review so everyone else can enjoy it too. Your review was sent successfully and is now waiting for our team to publish it. Reviews 0. Another example from metabolism is represented by N-nutrition of plants. For nitrogen isotope effects the situation often is very complex and straightforward conclusions are difficult Martinelli et al. N-salts in the soil tend to enrich the heavier isotope 15 N, as compared to atmospheric gaseous N2 , and 2.

Analyses of the natural abundance of 15 N in soils have also served to document forest-to-pasture chronologies and record changes of land-use pattern in the western Amazon Basin in Brazil Piccolo et al. The flow of various isotopes through the biomass of plants also affects the transfer into other compartments of ecosystems. This allows the study of food webs, habitat preferences in wandering animals, and even the analysis of eating and drinking habits in human populations and individuals. For the latter it usually suffices to analyze the organic matter of hairs or finger- and toenails.

Since the analysis of dry matter of the organisms is often sufficient, one can cover large geographic areas with sampling even from remote regions using simple equipment.

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Even collections in herbaria may be used. In this way, for example one can arrive at conclusions about the large-scale ecological distribution of modes of photosynthesis. C4 -grasses dominate in tropical savannas, their relative abundance declines with increasing altitude Tieszen et al. An impressive example, if not for a whole continent, is given for the rather large tropical island of Madagascar of , km2 Kluge et al. Less negative CAM-like values are dominant in the drier zones with evergreen dry forest, deciduous woodland, savannas and xerophilous thornbush, while more negative C3 -like values prevail in the wetter zones with evergreen rainforest and montane forest Fig.

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The example illustrates the close relations between climate, vegetation types and prevalence of the water conserving CAM-mode of photosynthesis in a given genus. Large-scale isotope effects, however, may also result from transfer rates. Thus, respiration and photosynthesis of organisms determine the vertical 13 CO2 -gradient in tropical rainforests Medina et al. Richey et al. After Kluge et al. Since C-, N- and S-compounds from biogenic and anthrogenic sources have different isotope composition, the pathways of pollutant emission can also be traced.

The large global-cycles of a range of elements in the gaseous atmosphere, as well as regional environmental effects, can be diagnosed in this way. Finally, interest has also been focussed on the element strontium, which is not subject to metabolism, in terms of mineral nutrition. The different geochemical mobilization of the isotopes allows distinctions between nutrient supply of vegetation from the soil, water or dust in the atmosphere. This facilitates understanding of nutrient sources in ecosystems Graustein Networks of functional systems, sub-systems and supra-systems are emerging.

The methods described in Sects. We deal with multidimensional problems, which have to be summarized numerically or graphically and must be cast into a comprehensive presentation. This may possibly constitute the most important bottleneck. Hobbs and Mooney conclude their book on remote sensing of the biosphere functions with the statement, that even without the intensive further development of new sensors, the currently available technologies offer so much that the capacity for interpretation and application has been surpassed.

The major problems do not appear to be with collection but with analysis and understanding of data. The data mountains piling up require hardware and software technologies for storage and organization. Special geographic information systems with multi factorial mapping are designed to provide surveys related to space Wallace and Campbell A particular problem of great fascination is the non-linear dynamics of all the ecosystems studied.

In phytosociology unpredictability, e. Taking the term stochastic in its strict mathematical meaning, this is by no means so simple. Stochastic white noise in empirical data time series can not readily be distinguished from the so-called deterministic chaos, which follows strict mathematical rules. A distinction between the two can only be made via sophisticated theoretical analyses requiring very detailed sets of time series data.

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These are rarely available, and 2. Modified after Schuster A Locality x B C Time t Nevertheless, it is useful to consider briefly the possible implications of the theory of deterministic chaos in ecology.

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In random motion initially adjacent points are distributed with equal probability over all new allowed intervals Fig. In regular motion initially adjacent points stay adjacent Fig. In chaotic motion initially adjacent points become exponentially separated Fig.

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Thus, regular motion and random motion show complete predictability and unpredictability, respectively. Chaotic motion offers some short term predictability Schuster Although chaotic systems totally lack long term predictability their short term predictability is better than that of stochastic random processes. One can determine the error of such predictions, and with the appropriate algorithms one can 44 2 Large-Scale Sensing and Diagnosis in Relation to the Tropical Environment use them to regulate a system via a transputer so that the system is forced to stay in one of the chaotic paths or trajectories in time and space.

Biological systems must obey physical laws. Conversely, we may also say that biological systems use physical laws to develop the diversity of life. It would be most surprising if the wide scope of possibilities inherent in deterministic chaos had not been used by life during evolution.

It may be noted that with pure stochastic randomness life would be deprived of any significance and would be cast into meaninglessness.

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  8. Conversely, pure deterministic regularity, allowing one to retrace all things accurately in the past and predict them precisely in the future for all mathematical infinity would cast life into tedious monotony. Only deterministic chaos, with its strict mathematical rules and yet high variability, with its unpredictability and yet delicate means of fine regulation, provides an opportunity for the adaptability, plasticity, diversity and beauty of life to unfold W.

    Martienssen, quoted after a public lecture; Lloyd and Lloyd Due to the pioneering contributions of R. May May population dynamics has become one of the roots of the development of the chaos theory. Possibly the apparently simple logistic equation discussed by May may allow biologists a ready access to an intuitive comprehension of the theory of deterministic chaos. Let x t be the size of a population at a certain state at time t. We then want to know the size of the population at the next possible state in time, i.

    It is obvious that the development of the population depends on its resources. However, it is not only evident from the exorbitant increase of the human population on the globe, but a general experience of population ecology, that increasing population densities also bear inhibitory mechanisms in themselves, i. However, the equation is only apparently simple. It describes one of several possible routes from order or regularity into chaos Schuster ; Fig. It shows that ordered predictability only occurs for a narrow range of the value of the control parameter r.

    At low values of r there is a steady state, while at larger values of r a bifurcation i. However, very tiny additional changes of r lead the way into the non-predictability of deterministic chaos. This is seen in computer simulations of 2. The lower diagram shows the initial steady state, effective for a large range of values of r , then the first and second bifurcation leading to periods of 2 and 4 states, and with increasingly smaller increments of r there are then chaotic responses to tiny 2.

    The lower diagram shows the route from steady state via bifurcations period 2, period 4 into chaos given by increasing r.

    The upper four diagrams give the calculated population sizes by iteration of 2. May ; Hastings et al. The top four graphs show the results of iterative calculations of population sizes x t. At low r in the steady state the population is stable, at period 2 there are two and at period 4 there are 4 predictable states, while in chaos, prediction of subsequent population sizes from existing ones has become impossible. This little excursion to population theory appeared useful to explain some basic implications of the chaos theory.

    Chaos is a property of non-linear dynamic systems and these are the rule and not the exception both in the living and non-living world. However, while the theory of deterministic chaos has already had some impact in population biology May ; Hastings et al. It is intriguing because population biology is a field so close to or even part of ecology. For example, we may consider the control parameter r in 2. If then we envisage that a high state of order may be given by complexity, which 46 2 Large-Scale Sensing and Diagnosis in Relation to the Tropical Environment integrates functioning of diversity Cramer , we realize that this must occur only within a rather narrow window of stress conditions, as it is in fact borne out in experiments like those of Grime et al.

    prenrochocar.tk It is not unlikely that deterministic chaos, which certainly governs the ecology of populations, also determines the structure of tropical forests as of other environments with their oscillatory and non-linear behaviour. A technique for the remote detection of plant stress and species differentiation. LIF caused by nutrient deficiencies in corn. App Opt — Cramer F Chaos and order. The complex structure of living systems. VCH, Weinheim Ehleringer JR Variation in leaf carbon isotope discrimination in Encelia farinosa: implications for growth, competition, and drought survival.