Sustainability, Volume 11, Issue 1 (January-1 2019) – 296 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Spatial landscape patterns are scale-dependent, especially in highly heterogeneous environments such as the montane and subalpine forests of the Italian Alps. In this study, Hellwig et al. investigate spatial patterns of humus forms, which are a morphological indicator of soil organic matter decomposition. The authors compare humus form patterns at the local scale, the slope scale and the landscape scale, and they analyze what environmental influences drive these patterns. The study presents a high local variability of humus forms related to the patterns of ground cover and micro-topography. Therefore, landscape-scale predictions of humus forms should be accompanied by local- and slope-scale studies. View this paper
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