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Table 4 Predictor variables of the boosted regression tree model to distinguish sandy plateau from slope communities

From: Patterns of forest composition and their long term environmental drivers in the tropical dry forest transition zone of southern Africa

  Range Relative importance (%)
Cattle density 0–14 km−2 13
Temperature seasonality 30.2–35.7 °C 12
Elevation 1077–1173 m 10
Distance to fossil rivers 0–22 km 9
Aspect 0–359° 9
Distance to the Okavango river 0–49 km 8
Distance to main roads 0–35 km 8
Mean temperature warmest quarter 25.2–26.0 °C 7
Slope 0–4.3° 6
Annual rainfall 531–625 mm 5
Landscape curvature - 5
Rainfall warmest quarter 144–195 mm 5
Rainfall seasonality 102 %–111 % 4