Patchy Distribution and Diffusion

  • Akira Okubo
  • James G. Mitchell
Part of the Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics book series (IAM, volume 14)


Biotic populations are usually distributed heterogeneously in their habitats, and the distribution itself is often patchy. In ecology, we conventionally classify the structure of dispersion into three categories: Frequency distributions may be random, uniform (regular), or clumped (contagious) (Fig. 9.1).


Internal Wave Convection Cell Patchy Distribution Advance Very High Resolution Radiometer Inertial Subrange 
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  • Akira Okubo
  • James G. Mitchell

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