A procedure of landscape services assessment based on mosaics of patches and boundaries



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Martín de Agar, Pilar and Ortega Quero, Marta and López de Pablo, Carlos Tomás (2016) A procedure of landscape services assessment based on mosaics of patches and boundaries. Journal of Environmental Management, 180 . pp. 214-227. ISSN 0301-4797

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We develop a procedure for assessing the environmental value of landscape mosaics that simultaneously considers the values of land use patches and the values of the boundaries between them. These boundaries indicate the ecological interactions between the patches. A landscape mosaic is defined as a set of patches and the boundaries between them and corresponds to a spatial pattern of ecological interactions. The procedure is performed in two steps: (i) an environmental assessment of land use patches by means of a function that integrates values based on the goods and services the patches provide, and (ii) an environmental valuation of mosaics using a function that integrates the environmental values of their patches and the types and frequencies of the boundaries between them. This procedure allows us to measure how changes in land uses or in their spatial arrangement cause variations in the environmental value of landscape mosaics and therefore in that of the whole landscape.

The procedure was tested in the Sierra Norte of Madrid (central Spain). The results show that the environmental values of the landscape depend not only on the land use patches but also on the values associated with the pattern of the boundaries within the mosaics. The results also highlight the importance of the boundaries between land use patches as determinants of the goods and services provided by the landscape.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Environmental assessment,Goods and services Landscape planning, Land use change, Spatial pattern
Subjects:Medical sciences > Biology > Ecology
Medical sciences > Biology > Environment
ID Code:41190
Deposited On:08 Feb 2017 12:48
Last Modified:08 Feb 2017 15:08

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