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    Author(s): Songlin Fei; Qinfeng Guo; Kevin Potter
    Date: 2016
    Source: Landscape Ecology
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    As the global biomes are increasingly threatened by human activities, understanding of macroscale patterns and processes is pressingly needed for effective management and policy making. Macrosystems ecology, which studies multiscale ecological
    patterns and processes, has gained growing interest in the research community. However, as a relatively new field in ecology, research in macrosystems ecology is facing various challenges. In this special issue, we highlight the following two latest
    exciting developments in this thriving field: (1) novel tools and methods and (2) new understandings on macroscale patterns and processes. While we believe that the contributions featured in this issue provide promising advancements in macrosystems ecology, we also see multiple challenges for future research including (1) multidisciplinary approaches for longterm
    and multiscale studies and (2) scaling local patterns and processes to broader scales.

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    Fei, Songlin; Guo, Qinfeng; Potter, Kevin. 2016. Macrosystems ecology: novel methods and new understanding of multi-scale patterns and processes. Landscape Ecology, Vol. 31(1): 6 pages.: 1-6.  10.1007/s10980-015-0315-0

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    Keywords

    Macrosystems ecology, Macroecology, Macroscale, Scaling, Heterogeneity

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