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Desert networks: A conceptual model for the impact of scarce, variable and patchy resources

McAllister, R. R. J.; Holcombe, Sarah; Davies, Jocelyn; Cleary, J; Boyle, A; Tremblay, P; Stafford Smith, Mark; Rockstroh, D; LaFlamme, Michael; Young, M


Social actors in arid regions must develop strategies to respond to available resources, which are scarce, variable, patchy and unpredictable relative to other regions. We explore our observations of relationships amongst people and organisations in Australian deserts using a stylised network model of the structure of social networks in arid systems. Results suggest that temporal resource variability drives increased network density, but with fewer strong ties; sparse populations drive a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Arid Environments
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2010.09.009


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