Cross-scale interactions

Quantifying multi-scaled cause-effect relationships in macrosystems

Patricia A. Soranno, Kendra S. Cheruvelil, Edward G. Bissell, Mary T. Bremigan, John A. Downing, Carol E. Fergus, Christopher T. Filstrup, Emily N. Henry, Noah R. Lottig, Emily H. Stanley, Craig A. Stow, Pang Ning Tan, Tyler Wagner, Katherine E. Webster

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Abstract

Ecologists are increasingly discovering that ecological processes are made up of components that are multiscaled in space and time. Some of the most complex of these processes are cross-scale interactions (CSIs), which occur when components interact across scales. When undetected, such interactions may cause errors in extrapolation from one region to another. CSIs, particularly those that include a regional scaled component, have not been systematically investigated or even reported because of the challenges of acquiring data at sufficiently broad spatial extents. We present an approach for quantifying CSIs and apply it to a case study investigating one such interaction, between local and regional scaled land-use drivers of lake phosphorus. Ultimately, our approach for investigating CSIs can serve as a basis for efforts to understand a wide variety of multi-scaled problems such as climate change, land-use/land-cover change, and invasive species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-73
Number of pages9
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014

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climate change
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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Soranno, P. A., Cheruvelil, K. S., Bissell, E. G., Bremigan, M. T., Downing, J. A., Fergus, C. E., ... Webster, K. E. (2014). Cross-scale interactions: Quantifying multi-scaled cause-effect relationships in macrosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(1), 65-73. https://doi.org/10.1890/120366
Soranno, Patricia A. ; Cheruvelil, Kendra S. ; Bissell, Edward G. ; Bremigan, Mary T. ; Downing, John A. ; Fergus, Carol E. ; Filstrup, Christopher T. ; Henry, Emily N. ; Lottig, Noah R. ; Stanley, Emily H. ; Stow, Craig A. ; Tan, Pang Ning ; Wagner, Tyler ; Webster, Katherine E. / Cross-scale interactions : Quantifying multi-scaled cause-effect relationships in macrosystems. In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2014 ; Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 65-73.
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Cross-scale interactions : Quantifying multi-scaled cause-effect relationships in macrosystems. / Soranno, Patricia A.; Cheruvelil, Kendra S.; Bissell, Edward G.; Bremigan, Mary T.; Downing, John A.; Fergus, Carol E.; Filstrup, Christopher T.; Henry, Emily N.; Lottig, Noah R.; Stanley, Emily H.; Stow, Craig A.; Tan, Pang Ning; Wagner, Tyler; Webster, Katherine E.

In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 12, No. 1, 01.02.2014, p. 65-73.

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Soranno PA, Cheruvelil KS, Bissell EG, Bremigan MT, Downing JA, Fergus CE et al. Cross-scale interactions: Quantifying multi-scaled cause-effect relationships in macrosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2014 Feb 1;12(1):65-73. https://doi.org/10.1890/120366