On definition and quantification of heterogeneity

TitleOn definition and quantification of heterogeneity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsLi H., Reynolds J.F.
Date Published1995
Accession NumberJRN00192
Call Number00174
Keywordsarticle, articles, heterogeneity, journal, journals, model, spatial heterogeneity, spatial heterogeneity

General guidelines on the quantitative representation of heterogeneity in ecology are still lacking. Without a precise definition and sound quantification of heterogeneity, statements involving the concept will continue to be confusing, and comparative studies and hypothesis testing will be ineffective. To solve this problem we propose an operational definition of ecological heterogeneity that facilitates quantification based on the data types of concern. We use two examples to demonstrate how our definition and quantification of spatial heterogeneity can be applied in practice.