new article by Nicholas C. Coops, Sean P. Kearney,Douglas K. Bolton and Volker C. Radeloff in Nature (from the abstract):

Ecological regionalisations delineate areas of similar environmental conditions, ecological processes, and biotic communities, and provide a basis for systematic conservation planning and management. Most regionalisations are made based on subjective criteria, and can not be readily revised, leading to outstanding questions with respect to how to optimally develop and define them. Advances in remote sensing technology, and big data analysis approaches, provide new opportunities for regionalisations, especially in terms of productivity patterns through both photosynthesis and structural surrogates. Here we show that global terrestrial productivity dynamics can be captured by Dynamics Habitat Indices (DHIs).

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