Topographic controls on the regional-scale biodiversity of the south-western USA

  • Authors: Coblentz, David D.; Riitters, Kurt H.
  • Publication Year: 2004
  • Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
  • Source: Journal of Biogeography 31: 1125-1138

Abstract

Aim Topography is a fundamental geophysical observable that contains valuable information about the geodynamic, tectonic and climatic history of a region. Here, we extend the traditional uses of topographic analysis to evaluate the role played by topography in the distribution of regional-scale biodiversity in the south-western USA. An important aspect of our study is its ability to provide a way to quantify characteristics of the topographic fabric and to construct predictive models that can be used to test hypotheses that relate topography and biodiversity.

  • Citation: Coblentz, David D.; Riitters, Kurt H. 2004. Topographic controls on the regional-scale biodiversity of the south-western USA. Journal of Biogeography 31: 1125-1138
  • Keywords: Geoecology, landscape ecology, topograpchic analysis, land-cover diversity, biodiversity, spatial patterns, tectonics
  • Posted Date: April 1, 1980
  • Modified Date: August 22, 2006
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