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Editorial: Entropy in Landscape Ecology

Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 2500 S Pine Knoll Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86004, USA
Entropy 2018, 20(5), 314; https://doi.org/10.3390/e20050314
Received: 19 April 2018 / Revised: 20 April 2018 / Accepted: 21 April 2018 / Published: 25 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entropy in Landscape Ecology)
Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics are the central organizing principles of nature, but the ideas and implications of the second law are poorly developed in landscape ecology. The purpose of this Special Issue “Entropy in Landscape Ecology” in Entropy is to bring together current research on applications of thermodynamics in landscape ecology, to consolidate current knowledge and identify key areas for future research. The special issue contains six articles, which cover a broad range of topics including relationships between entropy and evolution, connections between fractal geometry and entropy, new approaches to calculate configurational entropy of landscapes, example analyses of computing entropy of landscapes, and using entropy in the context of optimal landscape planning. Collectively these papers provide a broad range of contributions to the nascent field of ecological thermodynamics. Formalizing the connections between entropy and ecology are in a very early stage, and that this special issue contains papers that address several centrally important ideas, and provides seminal work that will be a foundation for the future development of ecological and evolutionary thermodynamics. View Full-Text
Keywords: landscape; entropy; thermodynamics; second law; configuration; pattern landscape; entropy; thermodynamics; second law; configuration; pattern
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Cushman, S.A. Editorial: Entropy in Landscape Ecology. Entropy 2018, 20, 314.

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