Measuring Landscapes: A Planner's Handbook / Edition 2

Measuring Landscapes: A Planner's Handbook / Edition 2

by Andre Botequilha Leitao, Joseph Miller, Jack Ahern, Kevin McGarigal
     
 

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.
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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559638999
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
08/14/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

About Island Press,
Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Dedication,
Foreword,
Preface - The Need for Sustainable Planning,
Acknowledgments,
1 - Landscape Ecology,
2 - Planning the Landscape,
3 - The Selected Set of Landscape Metrics,
4 - Applications of Landscape Metrics in Planning and Management,
5 - Recommendations on the Use of Landscape Metrics to Support the Planning of Sustainable Landscapes,
Glossary,
References,
Author Bios,
Index,
Island Press Board of Directors,

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