How Might Landscape Patterns Impact Ecological Processes?


Landscape ecology is a subfield of ecology that examines the patterns and interactions between communities that make up relatively large areas. At this level of ecological scale, the pattern of soil types on a landscape may have important ecological consequences. One of these consequences is diversity (species richness, evenness).

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is landscape ecology different from ecology?

Landscape ecology is distinguished by its focus on broader spatial extents than those traditionally studied in ecology. This stems from the anthropocentric origins of the discipline (see below).

Why are landscape patterns important to the ecosystem?

A disruption in landscape patterns may therefore compromise its functional integrity by interfering with critical ecological processes necessary for population persistence and the maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem function (With 2000).

What is the conceptual foundation of landscape ecology?

Landscape ecology, if not ecology in general, is largely founded on the notion that environmental patterns strongly influence ecological processes.

What happens to the contagion of landscape patterns?

In this case, as resolution is increased (grain size reduced), the proportional abundance of like adjacencies (cells of the same class) increases, and the measured contagion increases. Similarly, the measured landscape patterns will often vary with extent.

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