Attractivity of coherent manifolds in metapopulation models
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The likelihood that coupled dynamical systems will completely synchronize, or become "coherent", is often of great applied interest. Previous work has established conditions for local stability of coherent solutions and global attractivity of coherent manifolds in a variety of spatially explicit models. We consider models of communities coupled by dispersal and explore intermediate regimes in which it can be shown that states in phase space regions of positive measure are attracted to coherent solutions. Our methods yield rigorous and practically useful coherence criteria that facilitate useful analyses of ecological and epidemiological problems.
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