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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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Binary space partitioning generates hierarchical and rectilinear neutral landscape models suitable for human-dominated landscapes
Freitag, 13. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Neutral landscape models are useful and popular tools for exploring effects of spatial patterns on ecological processes. Most neutral landscape models mimic natural landscape patterns that often consist of curved, complex, and sometimes fractal shapes. However, human-dominated landscapes often have a spatial rectilinear pattern that is highly aligned and dominated by straight lines and right angles...
Predicting risks of tornado and severe thunderstorm damage to southeastern U.S. forests
Donnerstag, 12. Mai 2022
Abstract Context The southeastern U.S. experiences tornadoes and severe thunderstorms that can economic and ecological damages to forest stands resulting in loss of timber, reduction in short-term carbon sequestration, and increased susceptibility to forest pests and pathogens. Objectives This project sought to determine landscape-scale patterns of...
Static vs dynamic connectivity: how landscape changes affect connectivity predictions in the Iberian Peninsula
Sonntag, 08. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Climate and land-use changes affect species ranges and movements. However, these changes are usually overlooked in connectivity studies, and this could have adverse consequences in the definition of effective management measures. Objectives We evaluated two ways to incorporate landscape dynamics: (i) by analyzing connectivity as a...
Interdisciplinary landscape analysis with novel technologies
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Impacts of the European Landscape Convention on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context The European Lndscape Convention (ELC) of the Council of Europe represents the first international treaty that envisages all aspects when planning European landscapes. Through the ELC, public authorities have been encouraged to adopt policies and measures at local, national and international levels to protect, manage and properly plan landscapes in a sustainable manner...
Sex-specific connectivity modelling for brown bear conservation in the Carpathian Mountains
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Romania is currently one of the best-connected landscapes, with high-quality habitats and a high density of brown bears. However, regional development measures are needed for the nation’s economic growth, and without responsible government actions, these measures pose a threat to brown bear connectivity, a vital pillar of the entire Carpathian region. Despite having important implications for the species...
Condors in space: an individual-based population model for California condor reintroduction planning
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Existing demographic models of California condors have not simultaneously considered individual condor movement paths, the distribution and juxtaposition of release sites, habitat components, or the spatial distribution of threats. Objectives Our objectives were to develop a dynamic spatially explicit and individual-based...
Integrating life cycle assessment into landscape studies: a postcard from Hulunbuir
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Conventional life cycle assessment (LCA) has been increasingly criticized for lacking spatial information, especially for agricultural systems where high spatial variation and sensitivity is present. Objectives The objective of this research is twofold: first, to assess the potential environmental impacts and the production...
Immersive landscapes: modelling ecosystem reference conditions in virtual reality
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Understanding the variability and dynamics of ecosystems, as well as their responses to climate or land use change, is challenging for policy makers and natural resource managers. Virtual reality (VR) can be used to render virtual landscapes as immersive, visceral experiences and communicate ecosystem dynamics to users in an effective and engaging way...
The impact of typhoon on post-volcanic-eruption forest landscape recovery: a study in Changbai mountain through 300 years of historic landscape reconstruction
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Study of interplay of disturbance and forest succession is key to understand forest landscape dynamics, especially under changing climate and disturbance regimes. However, most such studies are from small spatial and temporal scales, and thus may be limited to generalize at large scales. Objectives We investigate how typhoons...
Dredging fundamentally reshapes the ecological significance of 3D terrain features for fish in estuarine seascapes
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Landscape modification alters the condition of ecosystems and the structure of terrain, with widespread impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Seafloor dredging impacts a diversity of flora and fauna in many coastal landscapes, and these processes also transform three-dimensional terrain features. The potential ecological significance of these terrain changes in urban seascapes has, however, not...
Day versus night use of forest by red and roe deer as determined by Corine Land Cover and Copernicus Tree Cover Density: assessing use of geographic layers in movement ecology
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Diel use of forest and open habitats by large herbivores is linked to species-specific needs of multiple and heterogeneous resources. However, forest cover layers might deviate considerably for a given landscape, potentially affecting evaluations of animals’ habitat use. Objectives We assessed inconsistency in the estimates...
Heterogeneity in soil chemistry relates to urbanization while soil homogeneity relates to plant invasion in small temperate deciduous forests
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Soil heterogeneity versus homogeneity patterns are observed within and across urban landscapes at multiple scales. To fully evaluate human-mediated influences on soil properties and processes, we need to understand spatial patterns and variation in soil characteristics within a single ecosystem patch type (e.g., forests) in and near cities...
Machine learning in landscape ecological analysis: a review of recent approaches
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Artificial Intelligence (AI) has rapidly developed over the past several decades. Several related AI approaches, such as Machine Learning (ML), have been applied to research on landscape patterns and ecological processes. Objectives Our goal was to review the methods of AI, particularly ML, used in studies related to landscape...
The scale effects of landscape variables on landscape experiences: a multi-scale spatial analysis of social media data in an urban nature park context
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context The roles of landscape variables regarding the recreational services provided by nature parks have been widely studied. However, the potential scale effects of the relationships between landscape variables and categorized nature experiences have not been adequately studied from an experimental perspective. Objectives This...
Problems seeded in the past: lagged effects of historical land-use changes can cause an extinction debt in long-lived species due to movement limitation
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Land-use change is one of the main threats to biodiversity on the global scale. Legacy effects of historical land-use changes may affect population dynamics of long-lived species, but they are difficult to evaluate through observational studies alone. We present here an interdisciplinary modelling approach as an alternative to address this problem in landscape ecology...
A new agent-based model provides insight into deep uncertainty faced in simulated forest management
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Exploratory modeling in forestry uses a variety of approaches to simulate forest management. One important assumption that every approach makes is about the deep uncertainty—the lack of the knowledge required for making an informed decision—that future forest management will face. This assumption can strongly influence simulation results and their interpretation but is rarely studied...
Context matters: the landscape matrix determines the population genetic structure of temperate forest herbs across Europe
Sonntag, 01. Mai 2022
Abstract Context Plant populations in agricultural landscapes are mostly fragmented and their functional connectivity often depends on seed and pollen dispersal by animals. However, little is known about how the interactions of seed and pollen dispersers with the agricultural matrix translate into gene flow among plant populations. Objectives...
Effects of temporal floral resource availability and non-crop habitats on broad bean pollination
Samstag, 30. April 2022
Abstract Context Flowering plants can enhance wild insect populations and their pollination services to crops in agricultural landscapes, especially when they flower before the focal crop. However, characterizing the temporal availability of specific floral resources is a challenge. Objectives Developing an index for the availability of floral resources at...
Buddhist monasteries facilitated landscape conservation on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
Freitag, 29. April 2022
Abstract Context The Sanjiangyuan region of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau—also known as the “Three Rivers’ Headwaters”—is the origin of the Yellow, Yangtze, and Mekong Rivers and therefore the key water source for hundreds of millions of downstream residents. Protecting this region’s ecosystems is a key priority for sustainable development in China and Asia. An important social dimension of Sanjiangyuan is the...