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MATTOS, SÉRGIO H.V.L. DE; VICENTE, LUIZ E.; PEREZ FILHO, ARCHIMEDES  and  PIQUEIRA, JOSÉ R.C.. Contributions of the complexity paradigm to the understanding of Cerrado's organization and dynamics. An. Acad. Bras. Ciênc. [online]. 2016, vol.88, n.4, pp.2417-2427.  Epub Nov 10, 2016. ISSN 0001-3765.

The Brazilian Cerrado is a vegetation mosaic composed of different physiognomies. Discussions remain open regarding the factors and processes responsible for the dynamic and spatial organization of the Cerrado - in its different physiognomies. The contributions of the complexity paradigm in this context are still less exploited, despite its great potential for explanations and predictions presented in previous diverse dynamic systems of complex behavior researches, a category in which the Cerrado can be included. This article has the intention of contributing to the construction of this new perspective, discussing - from theoretical concepts - the paradigm of complexity for the understanding of the organization and the dynamics of the Cerrado.

Keywords : Cerrado; complexity; complex system; dynamics; self-organized criticality.

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