Landscape dynamics and their effect on the functional connectivity of a Mediterranean landscape in Chile

Landscape dynamics and their effect on the functional connectivity of a Mediterranean landscape... 1 Introduction</h5> Land use and cover change (LUCC) has been identified as an important factor determining the structure and functionality of the landscape, especially in regions having a long history of human occupancy ( Parcerisas et al., 2012 ). Socio-economic changes are the main drivers of LUCC and have a strong impact on landscape structural patterns and ecological processes, improving or degrading their capacity to support a variety of species and ecosystem services ( Forman, 1995; Stoms et al., 2002; Potschin and Haines-Young, 2006 ). Recent work has shown the dramatic changes which have taken place during the past few years in South American landscapes ( García et al., 2001; Echeverría et al., 2008; Armenteras et al., 2013 ). In particular, the Mediterranean region of Chile, classified as a biological hotspot due to its high endemism ( Myers et al., 2000 ), is being severely affected by LUCC ( Aguayo et al., 2009; Schulz et al., 2010 ).</P>Habitat fragmentation is one of the main consequences of LUCC, and can result in a loss of connectivity for different species (e.g., Pereira et al., 2011 ). Connectivity is the degree to which the landscape helps or impedes the movement of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecological Indicators Elsevier

Landscape dynamics and their effect on the functional connectivity of a Mediterranean landscape in Chile

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd
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1470-160x
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10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.08.010
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1 Introduction</h5> Land use and cover change (LUCC) has been identified as an important factor determining the structure and functionality of the landscape, especially in regions having a long history of human occupancy ( Parcerisas et al., 2012 ). Socio-economic changes are the main drivers of LUCC and have a strong impact on landscape structural patterns and ecological processes, improving or degrading their capacity to support a variety of species and ecosystem services ( Forman, 1995; Stoms et al., 2002; Potschin and Haines-Young, 2006 ). Recent work has shown the dramatic changes which have taken place during the past few years in South American landscapes ( García et al., 2001; Echeverría et al., 2008; Armenteras et al., 2013 ). In particular, the Mediterranean region of Chile, classified as a biological hotspot due to its high endemism ( Myers et al., 2000 ), is being severely affected by LUCC ( Aguayo et al., 2009; Schulz et al., 2010 ).</P>Habitat fragmentation is one of the main consequences of LUCC, and can result in a loss of connectivity for different species (e.g., Pereira et al., 2011 ). Connectivity is the degree to which the landscape helps or impedes the movement of

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Ecological IndicatorsElsevier

Published: Jan 1, 2015

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