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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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Landscape influence on biophony in an urban environment in the European Alps
Freitag, 03. Juli 2020
Abstract Context Biophony is the acoustic manifestation of biodiversity, and humans interact with biophony in many ways. However, quantifying biophony across urban landscapes has proven difficult in the presence of anthrophony, or sounds generated by humans. Improved assessment methods are required to progress our understanding of the processes influencing biophony across a variety of spatial–temporal scales...
A new textbook on the ecology of landscape ecology
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Quantitative monitoring of changes in forest habitat connectivity following the great eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context In March of 2011 a huge tsunami devastated forest habitats along the coast of Sendai Bay in northeastern Japan. Evaluation and monitoring of the changes in habitat connectivity caused by this disaster are essential for managing the recovery of ecosystems and biodiversity. Objectives This research is designed to clarify changes...
Neighbourhood character affects the spatial extent and magnitude of the functional footprint of urban green infrastructure
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context Urban densification has been argued to increase the contrast between built up and open green space. This contrast may offer a starting point for assessing the extent and magnitude of the positive influences urban green infrastructure is expected to have on its surroundings. Objectives Drawing on insights from landscape ecology...
Land use change drives the spatio-temporal variation of ecosystem services and their interactions along an altitudinal gradient in Brazil
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context Land use and land cover (LULC) changes may affect the provision of ecosystem services. However, little is known how LULC changes influence the spatio-temporal variation in ecosystem service and their interactions along altitudinal gradients. Objectives Here we assessed the spatio-temporal variation of eight ecosystem services...
Landscape composition or configuration: which contributes more to catchment hydrological flows and variations?
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context Landscape composition and configuration determine the generation and exchange of water flows among different landscape patches and may affect catchment hydrological flows and variations. However, the poor understanding on the effects of landscape patterns on hydrological processes limits the implementation of landscape planning and management practices for regulating catchment water resources at the practical...
Identifying landscape predictors of ocelot road mortality
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context For depleted wildlife populations, understanding and effectively mitigating the direct and indirect impacts of roads can be a key component of recovery efforts. The ocelot is a federally endangered wild felid at risk of local extinction in south Texas, where vehicle collisions are their largest known source of mortality. Objectives...
Ecological impact and cost-effectiveness of wildlife crossings in a highly fragmented landscape: a multi-method approach
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context Road infrastructure construction is integral to economic development, but negatively affects biodiversity. To mitigate the negative impacts of infrastructure, various types of wildlife crossings are realized worldwide, but little is known about their effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. Objective The paper contributes to the...
Modeling a cross-ecosystem subsidy: forest songbird response to emergent aquatic insects
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context Resource movements across ecosystem boundaries are important determinants of the diversity and abundance of organisms in the donor and recipient ecosystem. However the effects of cross-ecosystem movements of materials at broader spatial extents than a typical field study are not well understood. Objectives We tested the...
Species and space: a combined gap analysis to guide management planning of conservation areas
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context With accelerating global declines in biodiversity, establishment and expansion of conservation areas (CAs) have increasingly been advocated in recent decades. Gap analysis has been useful to evaluate the sufficiency and performance of CAs. Objectives Researchers often identify putative gaps in the protection of biodiversity in...
Fine-scale movement decisions by a large carnivore inform conservation planning in human-dominated landscapes
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context Developed landscapes are increasingly important movement habitat for many large carnivore populations, despite fragmentation and heightened anthropogenic risks. The availability of vegetation cover is a key factor mediating carnivore use of human-dominated landscapes. Restoring or modifying networks of vegetation patches may therefore provide an important tool for enhancing the connectivity value of developed...
Landscape-scale patterns and drivers of novel mammal communities in a human-modified protected area
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context The role of protected areas as biodiversity repositories has become increasingly important in face of increased deforestation. By adding free-living exotic mammals, removing forest-dependent native ones, isolating forest patches from large protected areas and reducing landscape forest cover, human activities may drive mammal communities towards regional biotic homogenization...
Spatial and temporal dynamics of habitat availability and stability for a critically endangered arboreal marsupial: implications for conservation planning in a fire-prone landscape
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context Effective conservation planning for species depends on vegetation models that can capture the dynamics of habitat elements across both spatial and temporal domains. Incorporating these dynamics at landscape scales is essential for understanding the impact of natural disturbance, management, and climate change on habitat availability and stability on fauna...
Movement patterns of an avian generalist predator indicate functional heterogeneity in agricultural landscape
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context Biodiversity is closely related to landscape heterogeneity, but both are difficult to evaluate directly. Apex predators, such as raptors, are potential surrogate indicators of diversity, but previous studies using a correlative approach have been heavily criticised. Objectives We evaluated whether space use by a generalist...
Six key steps for functional landscape analyses of habitat change
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context An important part of landscape ecology is to identify relationships between landscape characteristics and ecological processes. One common approach to this is relating raster surfaces to ecological responses, assuming that the characteristics emphasized by rasters are representative of the processes determining changes in the ecological responses being assessed. Consequently, choices made in the design and...
Nonparametric machine learning for mapping forest cover and exploring influential factors
Mittwoch, 01. Juli 2020
Abstract Context The contribution of forest ecosystem services to human well-being varies over space following the dynamics in forest cover. Use of machine learning models is increasing in projecting forest cover changes and investigating the drivers, yet references are still lacking for selecting machine learning models for spatial projection of forest cover patterns...
Implications of future climate- and land-change scenarios on grassland bird abundance and biodiversity in the Upper Missouri River Basin
Dienstag, 30. Juni 2020
Abstract Context Over the past decades, numerous threats from climate- and land-use change to ecosystems have been identified. Grassland ecosystems are among the most endangered in the world and ongoing grassland declines in the Great Plains have been a major concern for avian biodiversity conservation. Objectives Threat mitigation may include biofuel...
Assessing impacts of land use policies on environmental sustainability of oasis landscapes with scenario analysis: the case of northern China
Montag, 29. Juni 2020
Abstract Context Oases in China are experiencing large-scale land use/cover change (LUCC), which profoundly affects regional sustainability. To improve sustainability, a series of land-use policies has been implemented. Can these policies effectively promote the sustainable development of oases in China? To answer this question, comprehensively examining the effects of the land-use policies on future LUCC and oasis landscape...
Does habitat fragmentation affect landscape-level temperatures? A global analysis
Donnerstag, 25. Juni 2020
Abstract Context Habitat fragmentation per se (habitat subdivision independent of habitat loss) is a major driver of biodiversity change, potentially due to its impacts on climate. Habitat fragmentation may make landscapes hotter by increasing the amount of habitat edges, but can reduce landscape-level temperatures due to the “vegetation breeze” phenomenon. The plausibility of these two alternative hypotheses is unclear, as no...
Landscape diversity and field border density enhance carabid diversity in adjacent grasslands and cereal fields
Donnerstag, 25. Juni 2020
Abstract Context Permanent grasslands have declined across Europe since the agricultural intensification. Grassland vicinity, landscape heterogeneity and vicinity of hedgerows are enhancing factors for farmland carabid (ground beetle) diversity. However, interrelation between grassland and cropland communities needs to be better known in various landscape context. Objectives...