Vol. 5 (2011) > lrlr-2011-3

doi: 10.12942/lrlr-2011-3
Living Rev. Landscape Res. 5 (2011), 3

Landscape Structure, Landscape Metrics and Biodiversity

1 Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Weberplatz 1, D-01217 Dresden, Germany

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This paper deals with the question of the role landscape metrics can play in the investigation, evaluation and monitoring of landscape structure, and which linkages between landscape structure and biodiversity are known. In the first part, the scientific state of the art is presented; in the second part, the meaning of landscape metrics for nature protection, landscape management and biodiversity monitoring is discussed. A number of studies indicate that such metrics on an aggregated, overall landscape level are quite appropriate to describe the state of biodiversity. On the other hand, gaps in the knowledge become apparent, and the results of such studies are strongly dependent on the scale of investigation and the underlying database. Nevertheless, the landscape structure approach seems to be expedient for management and planning at the landscape level.

Keywords: biological diversity, heterogeneity, nature conservation, landscape functions, landscape management, landscape mosaic, spatial planning, landscape pattern

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ORIGINAL http://dx.doi.org/10.12942/lrlr-2011-3
Title Landscape Structure, Landscape Metrics and Biodiversity
Author Ulrich Walz
Date accepted 6 October 2011, published 4 November 2011


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