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Record number 321002
Title Scale dependency and fractal dimension of rarity
Author(s) Witte, J.P.M.; Torfs, P.J.J.F.
Source Ecography 26 (2003). - ISSN 0906-7590 - p. 60 - 68.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1034/j.1600-0587.2003.03248.x
Department(s) Soil Physics, Ecohydrology and Groundwater Management
Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management
WIMEK
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2003
Keyword(s) species abundance - vegetation
Abstract The rarity of species in a country is usually determined by counting the number of grid cells occupied by those species on a geographical observation grid. In this paper, we present a measure of rarity that is less sensitive to the shape and size of a country. We demonstrate that the distribution of species on a national grid is not monofractal. Consequently, rarity figures cannot be scaled down to a finer grid merely using scale-area plots. We propose a downscaling method that takes into account the non-monofractal distribution of species. Rarity figures have often been published on a scale comprising a limited number of rarity classes. This article finally provides an insight into the degree of accuracy of such classes.
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