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Land 2017, 6(1), 14; doi:10.3390/land6010014

Characterizing Islandscapes: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges Exemplified in the Mediterranean

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School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Open University of Cyprus, Latsia 2220, Nicosia, Cyprus
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Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AB, UK
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Academic Editors: Erle C. Ellis, Kees Klein Goldewijk, Navin Ramankutty and Laura Martin
Received: 15 December 2016 / Revised: 9 February 2017 / Accepted: 10 February 2017 / Published: 17 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Anthropogenic Biomes)
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Abstract

Islands across the world have evolved at the interface between land and sea, thus comprising landscapes and seascapes. Many islands have also been influenced by anthropogenic factors, which have given rise to mosaics of anthromes (sensu Ellis and Ramankutty). These elements of landscapes, seascapes, and cultural impacts in varied proportions, generate unique environments which merit a unique term: islandscapes. The use of the term islandscape is advocated as the only term which encompasses all of the constituent components of an island, in a holistic manner. The aim of the paper is to evaluate the applicability of existing landscape and seascape character assessment methodologies in an island context, and to propose a methodological framework for mapping the space which defines the term ‘islandscape’. The challenges and opportunities stemming from the use of the term are exemplified with reference to the Mediterranean islands. View Full-Text
Keywords: anthromes; islands; landscape character assessment; mapping; seascape assessment; typology anthromes; islands; landscape character assessment; mapping; seascape assessment; typology
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Vogiatzakis, I.N.; Zomeni, M.; Mannion, A.M. Characterizing Islandscapes: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges Exemplified in the Mediterranean. Land 2017, 6, 14.

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