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Special Issue "Advances and Applications in Measuring, Representing, and Comparing Spatial Landscape Patterns"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tarmo K Remmel

Department of Geography, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Interests: pattern; remote sensing; wildfire

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue solicits papers focusing on recent advancements of the measurement, representation, and comparison of spatial landscape patterns. Additionally of interest are philosophical, technical and conceptual advancements, or their applications, which yield new and improved means for working with spatial pattern data. All forms of application domains where spatial landscape patterns are analyzed and interpreted are welcome, particularly for sustainable land management, conservation, inventory, or change assessments. Whether patterns are planar representations (2D), incorporate a vertical element (3D), or involve a time-series (4D), the clear link to spatial pattern analysis should be at the core of the paper. Elements of appropriate scale selection or scalability are also desirable. For any submission, a tangible link with implementation should be made, such that highly theoretical work is well-grounded. Links to code or software sources can also be made to facilitate implementation by interested readers.

Prof. Dr. Tarmo K Remmel
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Landscape pattern
  • Representation
  • Scaling
  • Dimensionality
  • Comparison
  • Interpretation
  • Dynamics

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Open AccessArticle Analysis of Landscape Patterns of Arid Valleys in China, Based on Grain Size Effect
Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2263; doi:10.3390/su9122263
Received: 2 November 2017 / Revised: 2 December 2017 / Accepted: 5 December 2017 / Published: 13 December 2017
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Abstract
Landscape metrics are useful tools in investigating spatial structure and in describing the heterogeneity of landscapes, but are sensitive to grain size. Thus, it is necessary to determine the appropriate grain size before researching landscape patterns. However, there have been few large-scale investigations
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Landscape metrics are useful tools in investigating spatial structure and in describing the heterogeneity of landscapes, but are sensitive to grain size. Thus, it is necessary to determine the appropriate grain size before researching landscape patterns. However, there have been few large-scale investigations in high-precision research about the effect of grain size on landscape patterns, especially in arid valleys in China. Thus, we selected three representative sample areas according to the basic characteristics of arid valleys, and we chose 22 grain sizes from 15 to 450 m to calculate twelve landscape metrics at the landscape level and six landscape metrics at the class level to analyze the most appropriate grain size for the arid valleys. All basins in the study area were converted to an appropriate-sized grid to analyze the landscape patterns. Our results showed that the effect of grain size on landscape metrics can be categorized as: no law, increasing, decreasing, or no change. The majority of the fitted landscape index curves were good, with high R2 values. The most appropriate grain size at both levels was 75 m. The landscape pattern of arid valleys was scale-dependent. At the landscape level, arid valley landscape patterns changed from northwest to southeast due to topography and hydrothermal conditions. While the value of aggregation for different size classes was high, the other metrics showed significant differences due to area and degree of human activity at the class level. Full article
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