Image: Scientists studied ecosystem connectivity at Idaho's Reynolds Creek CZO. [Click image to enlarge]
How is a telecommunications network like an ecosystem?
Tree canopies and the running streams below, or coral reefs and the ocean waters that flow around them, are interconnected components of a larger whole: an ecosystem. These ecosystem parts are in communication with one another, scientists have learned, via signals transmitted among earth, air and water.
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Dynamic process connectivity explains ecohydrologic responses to rainfall pulses and drought. Goodwell, A.E., Kumar, P., Fellows, A.W., and Flerchinger, G.N. (2018): PNAS