Generic Modelling of Vegetation Patterns. A Case Study of Tiger Bush in Sub-Saharian Sahel

  • R. Lefever
  • O. Lejeune
  • P. Couteron
Part of the The IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Applications book series (IMA, volume 121)


The conditions underlying the mean field description of vegetation patterns are reviewed. A generic partial differential equation model describing vegetation propagation over space by reproduction under isotropic as well as anisotropic environmental conditions is discussed. An example of Tiger Bush in Burkina Faso is analyzed on the basis of this model.


Vegetation Density Unstable Mode Vegetation Pattern Ground Slope Nonlocal Interaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Lefever
    • 1
  • O. Lejeune
    • 1
  • P. Couteron
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculté des Sciences, CP 231Université Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium
  2. 2.Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural des Eaux et ForêtsMontpellier Cedex 01France

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