AEDT: A new concept for ecological dynamics in the ever-changing world

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Abstract

The important concept of equilibrium has always been controversial in ecology, but a new, more general concept, an asymptotic environmentally determined trajectory (AEDT), overcomes many concerns with equilibrium by realistically incorporating long-term climate change while retaining much of the predictive power of a stable equilibrium. A population or ecological community is predicted to approach its AEDT, which is a function of time reflecting environmental history and biology. The AEDT invokes familiar questions and predictions but in a more realistic context in which consideration of past environments and a future changing profoundly due to human influence becomes possible. Strong applications are also predicted in population genetics, evolution, earth sciences, and economics.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2002634
JournalPLoS Biology
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 30 2017

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AEDT : A new concept for ecological dynamics in the ever-changing world. / Chesson, Peter.

In: PLoS Biology, Vol. 15, No. 6, e2002634, 30.05.2017.

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