Scientists have made a global catalog of climate and ecology of islands Earth

The database can be useful to justify the division of the planet into ecoregions, and for statistical studies.

The researchers found that 65% of these islands - tropical, but compared to the continent to the islands is more common cold and more humid climate than hot and dry. In addition, there is less pronounced seasons, and so-called moderate rain forests, one of the rarest ecosystems on Earth, found on islands often expected.

According to the authors, this database can be useful to justify the division of the planet into ecoregions, and for statistical studies. In particular, most researchers in the paper show that built their catalog can be used to simulate a variety of plant species on the islands and to identify factors that affect the rate.

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