Title: Monitoring Landscape Spatial Patterns: Morphological Concepts and Biodiversity Related Applications
Citation: 25 Years of Landscape Ecology: Scientific Principles in Practice - Proceedings of the IALE 2007 World Congress - Part 2 vol. 2 p. 813-814
Publisher: IALE - International Association for Landscape Ecology
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC43481
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC43481
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: A theoretical and application framework for monitoring the state and dynamics of forest spatial pattern is presented. Starting from a binary forest map, forested pixels are classified as "perforated", "edge", "patch", "core", "connector" and "branch". These six spatial pattern classes contribute information related to fragmentation and structural connectivity. Fragmentation processes are related to the size and frequency distribution of core forest units, and the proportion and type of edges, perforation and patches. Structural connectivity is addressed with the amount and type of connectors and branches. Spatial pattern information is then analyzed together with movement pathways of an interior forest species to investigate the relation of structural patterns and functional behavior.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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