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Landscape Ecology

Definition - What does Landscape Ecology mean?

Landscape ecology is a field of study that examines spatial variation in the landscape. It examines all aspects that impact on landscapes including physical or geomorphological factors, biological factors, and social or human factors.

Safeopedia explains Landscape Ecology

When viewing a landscape on a small or large scale, heterogeneity (differences) become apparent. This heterogeneity affects the functioning of the landscape, and is created by such factors as living organisms, topography, and man-made structures. The way in which a landscape is ordered (its pattern) affects the way in which it functions (its process). This field of study covers a wide range of specialist fields, and is, therefore, multidisciplinary. Landscape ecology is an important discipline related to ecosystem management.

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