Summary Report No. 79


Modelling of Global Vegetation Diversity Pattern
I. Venevskaia, S. Venevsky (December 2002)

Here we present an analytical model of species richness for vascular plants, based on limitations in the form of available latent heat and landscape structure (altitudinal difference).

The resulting species-energy relationship is scale independent; is applicable over six orders of magnitude and reproduces both global and regional patterns of vegetation diversity.

The study is based on a recent allocation and growth theory for plants, suggested by Enquist and co-authors.

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