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Fact Sheet 2008-3100

Fort Collins Science Center Ecosystem Dynamics Branch

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Complex natural resource issues require understanding a web of interactions among ecosystem components that are (1) interdisciplinary, encompassing physical, chemical, and biological processes; (2) spatially complex, involving movements of animals, water, and airborne materials across a range of landscapes and jurisdictions; and (3) temporally complex, occurring over days, weeks, or years, sometimes involving response lags to alteration or exhibiting large natural variation. Scientists in the Ecosystem Dynamics Branch of the U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center, investigate a diversity of these complex natural resource questions at the landscape and systems levels. This Fact Sheet describes the work of the Ecosystems Dynamics Branch, which is focused on energy and land use, climate change and long-term integrated assessments, herbivore-ecosystem interactions, fire and post-fire restoration, and environmental flows and river restoration.

First posted March 12, 2009

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Wilson, J., Melcher, C., and Bowen, Z., 2009, Fort Collins Science Center Ecosystem Dynamics Branch: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2008-3100, 4 p.


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