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UNESCO (1973) Classification internationale et cartographie de la végétation. UNESCO, Paris.

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  • TITLE: The Spatio-Temporal Interfaces within the Lesser Antilles Vegetation (The Example of the Island of Martinique)

    AUTHORS: Philippe Joseph

    KEYWORDS: Lesser Antilles, Martinique, Vegetation, Forest Ecosystem, Biodiversity, Anthropization, Interface, Ecotone

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Access Library Journal, Vol.3 No.3, March 10, 2016

    ABSTRACT: The temporal vegetation dynamics and its spatial distribution cause discontinuities, border areas, ecotones and ecosystem heterogeneities, in other words biocenotics which result in a multitude of shapes and organic combinations. These interfaces are added variations due to vertical stratification involving specific architectures and behaviours towards light. These “interface environments” represent a plurality of plant biodiversity aspects and therefore ecological profiles which form the basis of the resilience processes. In the Lesser Antilles, Man has increased community complexity by increasing the number of eco-units1. As a result, the number of ecosystem interfaces increased so in some ways, he became the “architect” or “creator” of species biodiversity in the landscape through the ecosystem and the plant communities. Ultimately the current landscape is a mosaic of physiognomic units of unequal dimensions belonging to various successional stages. In the case of Martinique, we will discuss the complexity of the Lesser Antilles forest vegetation. The argument seeks to show its hierarchical organisation, the characteristics of its subsets and their spatial and temporal relationships.