What is an ecosystem?

An ecosystem is a unit made up of organisms and their physical surroundings, linked by the interchange of materials and energy that occurs between them. The ecology of ecosystems studies the factors that regulate the circulation and storage of water, nutrients and energy in ecological systems. The spatial boundaries of ecosystems are defined by the specific interests of the researcher, for example, a lake, a drainage basin covered in vegetation, or a city.

You can find the results of our Chilean terrestrial ecosystem classification study here