|Title (Primary)||Applicability of landscape metrics for the monitoring of landscape change: issues of scale, resolution and interpretability|
|Author||Lausch, A.; Herzog, F.|
|Keywords||Environmental monitoring; Remote sensing; GIS; Land-use; Land cover; Landscape pattern|
In most parts of the world, land-use/land cover can be considered an interface between natural conditions and anthropogenic influence. Indicators are being sought which reflect landscape conditions, pressures and related societal responses. Landscape metrics, which are based on the number, size, shape and arrangement of patches of different land-use/land cover types, are used-together with areal statistics-to quantify landscape structure and composition.
The applicability of landscape metrics for landscape monitoring has been investigated in a 700 km2 test region in eastern Germany, where open cast coal mining has caused far reaching land-use changes in the course of this century. Time series of maps (1912–2020) have been elaborated from various data sources (topographic maps, aerial photography, satellite images, prospective planning material). Landscape metrics have been calculated for the entire test region and for ecologically defined subregions at the landscape, class and patch level.
The results are presented and methodological issues are addressed, namely the impact of scale, spatial and temporal resolution on the interpretability of landscape metrics. Critical issues are:
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|Lausch, A., Herzog, F. (2002):
Applicability of landscape metrics for the monitoring of landscape change: issues of scale, resolution and interpretability
Ecol. Indic. 2 (1-2), 3 - 15