The world's matrix of vegetation: Hunting the hidden dimension of landscape sustainability

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Abstract

The world's matrix of vegetation, which includes the spatial heterogeneity of its plants species and soils, is probably the most important component of landscape sustainability because it plays a key role in many ecological processes and helps to secure the intricate web of life. Among landscape ecologists, there is some dissatisfaction with current conceptualizations of spatial heterogeneity; and they suggest broader representations are needed. Key questions and research priorities for landscape ecology are proposed to advance knowledge about the world's matrix of vegetation as a biocultural system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-360
Number of pages5
JournalLandscape and Urban Planning
Volume100
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 30 2011

Keywords

  • Biocultural diversity
  • Biodiversity
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • Human-animal interactions
  • Human-plant interactions
  • Landscape ecology
  • Landscape perceptions
  • Landscape sustainability
  • Spatial heterogeneity
  • The matrix of vegetation

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