Principles and Methods in Landscape Ecology

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Springer Science & Business Media, 1998 - Gardening - 235 pages
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This book presents landscape ecology as an integrative and transdisciplinary science with a definitive problem-solving orientation toward land use planning and management. Special reference is made to the conservation, restoration and sustainable development of cultural landscapes. This invaluable textbook is presented in a clear and non-technical style with practical examples and ample illustrations.
  

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Contents

Introduction to landscape ecology
1
13 Definitions of landscape
2
14 Three views of landscape ecology
3
15 Spacingthe perception of the landscape
7
16 Behavioural ecology and landscape ecology
10
17 Structuring the landscape
11
18 Principles of landscape classification
12
19 Summary
17
53 Ecotones
93
Suggested reading
108
Principles of landscape dynamics
113
62 Stability in landscapes
114
63 Selforganizing mechanisms and landscapes
115
66 Patterns of landscape change examples
117
67 Mediterranean landscapes as an example of perturbationdependent homeorethic systems
119
68 Patterns and processes in land abandonment
121

Suggested Reading
20
Theories and models incorporated into the landscape ecology framework
23
23 Percolation theory
26
24 The metapopulation
28
25 The system sourcesink
30
26 Summary
32
Suggested reading
33
Scaling patterns and processes across landscapes
35
33 Definitions
36
35 Change of perception scale
37
36 The multiscale option
38
37 Importance of the parameters at the different scales
40
310 Example of scales in landscape and in ecologically related disciplines
41
311 Summary
45
Suggested reading
48
Emerging processes in the landscape
51
43 Fragmentation
58
44 Connectivity connectedness and corridors
68
45 Soil landscape and movement of water and nutrients across landscapes
71
Suggested reading
79
References
81
Emerging patterns in the landscape
85
Suggested reading
126
Principles of landscape conservation management and design
129
72 Landscape evaluation
130
74 Principles of landscape management
132
75 Nature conservation and landscape ecology
134
76 Conservation in landscape
138
77 Landscape design creation and restoration
146
78 Hierarchical structure of the system and conservation of biodiversity
147
79 Summary
149
Suggested reading
150
References
151
Methods in landscape ecology
153
83 The fractal geometry approach
171
84 Geographic information systems
180
85 Remote sensing in landscape ecology
194
86 Global positioning systems GPS
203
87 Spatial explicit population modelsSEPM to describe population patterns in a landscape
208
Suggested reading
214
Glossary and acronyms
219
Index
225
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About the author (1998)

Almo Farina is Professor of Ecology at the Urbino University, Faculty of Environmental Sciences (Urbino, Italy).

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