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How Does Landscape Ecology Inform Policy?

posted Jun 7, 2016, 4:55 AM by Robert Scheller
A new publication highlights how landscape ecology informs policy around land use change, climate change (highlighting work from DE&L), and urbanization.  This paper emerged from the Policy Committee of the US chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.  The intended audience is policy-makers (we talk to each other enough already).  The paper is open-access and is attached below.

Abstract:  Landscape ecology is a discipline that explicitly considers the influence of time and space on the environmental patterns we observe and the
processes that create them. Although many of the topics studied in landscape ecology have public policy implications, three are of particular
concern: climate change; land use–land cover change (LULCC); and a particular type of LULCC, urbanization. These processes are interrelated,
because LULCC is driven by both human activities (e.g., agricultural expansion and urban sprawl) and climate change (e.g., desertification).
Climate change, in turn, will affect the way humans use landscapes. Interactions among these drivers of ecosystem change can have destabilizing
and accelerating feedback, with consequences for human societies from local to global scales. These challenges require landscape ecologists to
engage policymakers and practitioners in seeking long-term solutions, informed by an understanding of opportunities to mitigate the impacts of
anthropogenic drivers on ecosystems and adapt to new ecological realities.

Keywords: climate change, land use, landscape ecology, policy, urbanization
Robert Scheller,
Jun 7, 2016, 4:55 AM