Special Issue "Landscape Perspectives on Environmental Conservation"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)
Prof. Dr. Kenneth R. Young
Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Phone: +1 512 232 1583
Interests: biogeography; environmental conservation; developing countries; tropical ecosystems; protected areas; Latin America, biodiversity; climate change; landscape change
Environmental conservation covers a wide range of topics including human impacts on natural environments, the use of natural resources, sustainability, and biodiversity concerns. A productive way to implement the study and evaluation of environmental changes to the Earth’s land cover is by taking a landscape perspective, which provides many additional advantages for researchers and practitioners. This special issue will provide a forum for papers that address and illuminate landscape approaches to the study and management of environmental change. Humans often interact with their environment at a landscape scale, so this perspective is a useful, even necessary way to study the Anthropocene.
Landscape perspectives may draw from the field of landscape ecology, which is typically focused on ecological processes and phenomena in areas that are ten to hundreds of kilometers in size, and that show heterogeneity in some feature of interest to researchers or conservationists. This approach characterizes the land mosaic in terms of its land cover composition, the spatial arrangement of the patches and corridors, the dynamics of the mosaic’s elements, and the use of the mosaic by organisms. A landscape approach may also be informed by a watershed perspective, which defines the portion of the Earth’s surface of interest in terms of hydrological connectivity as water moves from the atmosphere to and through the land surface. Some innovative approaches may examine the movement of genes through landscapes, the effects of habitat fragmentation on species of concern, the role of disturbance regimes in changing landscapes, the means for assessing ecological restoration, ecological modeling, and planning for landscape design under different land use or climate change scenarios.
Dr. Kenneth R. Young
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Land is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
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- disturbance regime
- habitat fragmentation
- human impact
- landscape change
- landscape heterogeneity