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Landscape Ecology - house journal of IALE


The Association works in close collaboration with Springer to produce the major journal in the field, Landscape Ecology . This journal, first time published in 1984, became the flagship journal in the rapidly developing fields of ecology and sustainability science of landscapes. The journal focuses on highly inter- and transdisciplinary studies, aggregating expertise from biological, geophysical, and social sciences to explore the formation, dynamics and consequences of spatial heterogeneity in natural and human-dominated landscapes. Members get free access to the journal. Below you'll find the most recentc articles published in Landscape Ecology:


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Correction to: Prioritizing landscapes for grassland bird conservation with hierarchical community models
Montag, 01. November 2021
Dispersal movement through fragmented landscapes: the role of stepping stones and perceptual range
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Dispersal is a crucial process for species persistence under natural and disturbed landscapes. The effectiveness of stepping stones as a connectivity strategy for increasing dispersal success depends on landscape structure and animal behaviour, such as the perceptual range. Objectives We quantify the relative contribution of...
Omnidirectional connectivity for the Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus) across the Colombian Andes
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Conserving or restoring connectivity is a common objective of landscape-scale conservation initiatives. However, precise species occurrence or movement data to inform or validate spatial models are often lacking. Objectives Our objectives were to (1) produce the first approximation of country-wide connectivity for Andean bears...
Large-scale afforestation for ecosystem service provisioning: learning from the past to improve the future
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Afforestation is one of the major drivers of land cover change in the world. In spite of its multiple applications, forest generation has been fostered during the last century to achieve few specific objectives such as timber production or catchment erosion protection. However, new afforestation programs are required to meet multiple objectives such as carbon sequestration, reducing environmental risks and...
Jaguar distribution, biological corridors and protected areas in Mexico: from science to public policies
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Land use change, habitat loss and fragmentation are the major threats to jaguar conservation in Latin America. Here, we integrate the information of jaguar’s distribution to identify priority areas for its conservation. Objective We evaluated the effect of topographic, anthropogenic and landscape variables on habitat...
Potential risks to endemic conifer montane forests under climate change: integrative approach for conservation prioritization in southwestern China
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Climate change is an important driver of habitat contraction and the loss of biodiversity. Species distribution models (SDMs) are used to assess the impacts of climate change and to identify priority conservation areas. Conservation assessment of endemic keystone species can foster the conservation of forest ecosystems. Objectives...
Large felid habitat connectivity in the transboundary Dawna-Tanintharyi landscape of Myanmar and Thailand
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Maintaining landscape connectivity for large felids by preserving and restoring corridors between core habitats is crucial to their long-term conservation. Tiger, leopard, and clouded leopard populations occur in isolated habitat patches across the Dawna-Tanintharyi Landscape (DTL) of Kawthoolei (all Karen National Union administrative areas in Myanmar) and Thailand...
Novel pollen analogue technique shows bumblebees display low floral constancy and prefer sites with high floral diversity
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context There have been dramatic global declines in pollinating insects. A common land management intervention to support wild pollinators is to plant non-crop flowering plants (‘pollinator planting’). However, there are limited data on which species or spatial arrangement of planting provide maximum benefit to wild pollinators. Objectives...
Landscape connectivity analysis: new metrics that account for patch quality, neighbors’ attributes and robust connections
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Landscape connectivity quantification is essential to achieve effective conservation of wildlife. Graph theory is a common mathematical framework for representing habitat patch networks and evaluating their connectivity. Objectives While several graph-related indices have been used for this purpose, there is still need to...
The importance of spatial configuration of neighbouring land cover for explanation of surface temperature of individual patches in urban landscapes
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Relationships between spatial configuration of urban form and land surface temperature (LST) in the excess heat mitigation context are studied over larger tracts of land not allowing for micro-scale recommendations to urban design. Objectives To identify spatial configuration descriptors (SCDs) of urban form and the size of...
Using Bayesian Belief Networks to assess the influence of landscape connectivity on ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies in urban landscapes in the UK
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Landscape connectivity is assumed to influence ecosystem service (ES) trade-offs and synergies. However, empirical studies of the effect of landscape connectivity on ES trade-offs and synergies are limited, especially in urban areas where the interactions between patterns and processes are complex. Objectives The objectives of...
Multi-scale waterfowl habitat conservation planning in Wisconsin, USA
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context The North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes Joint Venture waterfowl habitat conservation strategy provide continental and regional guidance, respectively, for waterfowl habitat conservation planning. They were not designed to guide watershed- scale waterfowl habitat delivery...
Climate change drives increased directional movement of landscape ecotones
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Ecotones are boundary zones formed where overlap between neighboring ecosystems creates an intermediate ecosystem with unique ecological characteristics. Dynamic ecotones change position along a boundary over time and can be further categorized as either shifting, where the adjacent ecosystems alternatively drive movement of the ecotone but maintain the same relative location over time, or directional, where...
Ecological corridors and landscape planning: a model to select priority areas for connectivity maintenance
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Maintaining connectivity in landscapes where natural ecosystems are quickly replaced by human land-uses is a challenge. To reduce the effects of habitat loss, ecological corridors have been proposed as a relevant tool for landscape planning. Objective We aimed to develop a spatial model to identify and prioritize riparian...
How the relationship between vegetation cover and land-cover variance constrains biodiversity in a human dominated world
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Alteration of natural vegetation cover across the landscape drives biodiversity changes. Although several studies have explored the relationships between vegetation cover and species richness, as well as between land-cover variance and species richness, few have considered the non-independence of these two biodiversity drivers. Objectives...
Drivers of species and genetic diversity within forest metacommunities across agricultural landscapes of different permeability
Montag, 01. November 2021
Abstract Context Habitat fragmentation and land use intensification are major threats to biodiversity worldwide, affecting both species (SD) and genetic (GD) diversity. It remains unclear whether SD and GD respond to the same components of landscape changes and to what extent they correlate in fragmented systems. Objectives We explore the role...
Integrating landscape ecology and the assessment of ecosystem services in the study of karst areas
Mittwoch, 20. Oktober 2021
Abstract Context A landscape is defined as a “system of ecosystems” and this is a model in which karst areas can easily be integrated. In karst areas, much of the connectivity between the units of the landscape is underground, with aquifers and caves forming a continuous layered tissue. However, underground environments are among the least studied landscapes on Earth because of limited accessibility and the difficulty of...
Can scale-dependent landcover relationships explain canid community composition independent of intraguild occupancy?
Montag, 18. Oktober 2021
Abstract Context Niche theory is frequently used as a framework to integrate environmental variables and species interactions to describe species geographic distribution. Yet, the scale at which species respond to the environment and other species is rarely considered in species distribution modeling. Here we examined the effect of spatial scale on species distribution modeling for a multi-species canid community across a complex...
A new approach for representing agent-environment feedbacks: coupled agent-based and state-and-transition simulation models
Sonntag, 17. Oktober 2021
Abstract Context Agent-based models (ABMs) and state-and-transition simulation models (STSMs) have proven useful for understanding processes underlying social-ecological systems and evaluating practical questions about how systems might respond to different scenarios. ABMs can simulate a variety of agents (autonomous units, such as wildlife or people); agent characteristics, decision-making, adaptive behavior, and mobility; and...
Correction to: The role of land use and land cover change in climate change vulnerability assessments of biodiversity: a systematic review
Samstag, 16. Oktober 2021