Landscape pattern metrics and regional assessment

Ecosystem Health
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The combination of remote imagery data, geographic information systems software, and landscape ecology theory provides a unique basis for monitoring and assessing large-scale ecological systems. The unique feature of the work has been the need to develop and interpret quantitative measures of spatial pattern-the landscape indices. This article reviews what is known about the statistical properties of these pattern metrics and suggests some additional metrics based on island biogeography, percolation theory, hierarchy theory, and economic geography. Assessment applications of this approach have required interpreting the pattern metrics in terms of specific environmental endpoints, such as wildlife and water quality, and research into how to represent synergystic effects of many overlapping sources of stress.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Landscape pattern metrics and regional assessment
Series title Ecosystem Health
DOI 10.1046/j.1526-0992.1999.09942.x
Volume 5
Issue 4
Year Published 1999
Language English
Description 9 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Ecosystem Health
First page 225
Last page 233
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