Do landscape structural and functional units exist?

TitleDo landscape structural and functional units exist?
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsReynolds J.F., Wu J
EditorTenhunen J.D, Kabat P.(eds.)
Series EditorTenhunen J.D, Kabat P.(eds.)
Book TitleIntegrating Hydrology, Ecosystem Dynamics, and Biogeochemistry in Complex Landscapes
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
CityChichester, U.K.
Accession NumberJRN00274
Call Number00778
Keywordsbiogeochemistry, ecosystem dynamics, biogeochemistry, hydrology, book, books, chapter, chapters, hydrology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, ecosystem dynamics, landscape, biogeochemistry, landscape, ecosystem dynamics, landscape, hydrology, model, landscape, report, reports

The complexity of landscapes requires that simplified constructs or frameworks be developed for understanding and predictions. Toward this goal, the question is posed, "Do landscape structural and functional units exist?" The argument is in favor of the existence of landscape units, but acknowledge that there are no generic recipes for simplifying the real world for use in landscape models. While simplification is the key to achieving understanding and prediction, explicit consideration of scale multiplicity in studying complex landscapes is dictated by the hierarchical properties of landscapes. Therefore, we suggest that the hierarchical patch dynamics paradigm provides a conceptual framework to accomplish these objectives.

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