Measuring Landscapes: A Planner's Handbook
Andre Botequilha Leitao
Island Press, Aug 4, 2006 - Architecture - 245 pages
This practical handbook bridges the gap between those scientists who study landscapes and the planners and conservationists who must then decide how best to preserve and build environmentally-sound habitats. Until now, only a small portion of the relevant science has influenced the decision-making arenas where the future of our landscapes is debated and decided.
The authors explain specific tools and concepts to measure a landscape's structure, form, and change over time. Metrics studied include patch richness, class area proportion, patch number and density, mean patch size, shape, radius of gyration, contagion, edge contrast, nearest neighbor distance, and proximity. These measures will help planners and conservationists make better land use decisions for the future.
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A Spatial Ecological Approach
The Selected Set of Landscape Metrics
Applications of Landscape Metrics in Planning
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abiotic adjacent agricultural Ahern Amherst analysis application AREA_AM AREA_MN area-weighted mean biodiversity biotic Botequilha Leitao calculation class area proportion Class-level classiﬁcation conﬁguration conservation CONTAG contagion contrast weights cultural deﬁned diversity ecological ECON ECON_AM ecosys ecosystems edge contrast ENN_AM example ﬁelds ﬁgure ﬁrst ﬂows forest patches Forman fragmentation grid cells GYRATE GYRATE_AM habitat fragmentation habitat loss habitat patches human important inﬂuence Instituto Superior Técnico land cover types Landscape Architecture landscape changes Landscape Ecology landscape elements landscape function landscape level landscape metrics landscape pattern landscape planning landscape structure large patches LCTs matrix mean patch monitoring nearest neighbor distance number of patches nutrients patch area patch shape patch type pattem perimeter planners PROX PROX_AM radius of gyration raster recreation represented Residential riparian corridors Roads scape SG scenario signiﬁcant small patches Smart Growth Scenario spatial concept species speciﬁc tion Units and range urban watershed Wetlands wildlife