Landscape Metrics: Past Progress and Future Directions

Landscape Metrics: Past Progress and Future Directions Curr Landscape Ecol Rep (2017) 2:63–72 DOI 10.1007/s40823-017-0026-0 METHODOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT (A TYRE, SECTION EDITOR) 1 1 Amy E. Frazier & Peter Kedron Published online: 5 August 2017 Springer International Publishing AG 2017 Abstract extent—complicate these decisions, but empirical tools from Purpose of the Review This paper reviews progress in the spatial allometry may improve the ability for landscape ecol- field of landscape ecology related to the development of land- ogists to assess where metrics are capturing ecological pro- scape metrics (i.e., spatial pattern indices). We first review the cesses versus the scale-dependency of the metrics themselves. major formative historical developments that contributed to . . the coalescence of landscape metrics as a sub-field of land- Keywords Landscape structure Composition . . . scape ecology and then examine recent literature highlighting Configuration Scaling Patch mosaic Gradient surface, several shortcomings related to their utility for understanding graph theory ecological processes and discuss several alternative approaches. Recent Findings Recent research recognizes some limitations Introduction of the patch-mosaic model (PMM), including the landscape metrics based on it, for capturing landscape heterogeneity and From its nascent beginnings at the Allerton Park meeting in measuring functionality. Collapsing land cover information 1983, landscape ecology differentiated itself Current Landscape Ecology Reports Springer Journals

Landscape Metrics: Past Progress and Future Directions

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