EPA Science Inventory

The redoubtable ecological periodic table

Citation:

Ferraro, S. The redoubtable ecological periodic table. Presented at Pacific Estuarine Research Society, Newport, OR, April 03 - 05, 2014.

Description:

Ecological periodic tables are repositories of reliable information on quantitative, predictably recurring (periodic) habitat–community patterns and their uncertainty, scaling and transferability. Their reliability derives from their grounding in sound ecological principles and theory and the scientific and statistical rigor with which they are constructed. Community state variables and their measurement uncertainty are entered into table elements representing categorical habitat types which are color-coded and systematically arranged to reflect the habitats’ similarity in community composition and structure. Blocks (rows and columns of table elements) distinguish periodic habitat–community patterns that differ in space or time. Information is scale invariant for the space-time domain represented by each block and is not transferable to the space-time domains of any other blocks.

Purpose/Objective:

The purpose of this presentation is to explain why the information in ecological periodic tables is reliable and how their content and structure impart information on the uncertainty, scaling and transferability of habitat-community patterns.

URLs/Downloads:

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Completion Date: 04/07/2014
Record Last Revised: 04/07/2014
Record Created: 04/07/2014
Record Released: 04/07/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 272731

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION

PACIFIC COASTAL ECOLOGY BRANCH