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Envisioning Present and Future Land-Use Change under Varying Ecological Regimes and Their Influence on Landscape Stability

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Global Change Research Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Lipová 9, CZ-37005 České Budějovice, Czech Republic
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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), Viale S. Margherita 80, I-52100 Arezzo, Italy
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Department of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (DAFNE), Tuscia University, Via San Camillo de Lellis, I-01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Sustainability 2019, 11(17), 4654; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174654
Received: 30 July 2019 / Revised: 21 August 2019 / Accepted: 22 August 2019 / Published: 27 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Growth and Demographic Dynamics)
Climate change plays an important role in shaping ecological stability of landscape systems. Increasing weather fluctuations such as droughts threaten the ecological stability of natural and anthropogenic landscapes. Uncertainty exists regarding the validity of traditional landscape assessment schemes under climate change. This commentary debates the main factors that threaten ecological stability, discussing basic approaches to interpret landscape functioning. To address this pivotal issue, the intimate linkage between ecological stability and landscape diversity is explored, considering different approaches to landscape stability assessment. The impact of land-use changes on landscape stability is finally discussed. Assessment methodologies and indicators are reviewed and grouped into homogeneous classes based on a specific nomenclature of stability aspects which include landscape composition, fragmentation and connectivity, thermodynamic and functional issues, biodiversity, soil degradation, and ecological disturbance. By considering land-use change as one of the most important factors underlying climate change, individual components of landscape stability are finally delineated and commented upon. In this regard, specific trajectories of land-use change (including agricultural intensification, land abandonment, and urbanization) are investigated for their effects on ecological stability. A better understanding of land-use impacts on landscape stability is crucial for a better knowledge of processes leading to land degradation. View Full-Text
Keywords: disturbances; landscape structure; desertification; resilience; Europe disturbances; landscape structure; desertification; resilience; Europe
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Prokopová, M.; Salvati, L.; Egidi, G.; Cudlín, O.; Včeláková, R.; Plch, R.; Cudlín, P. Envisioning Present and Future Land-Use Change under Varying Ecological Regimes and Their Influence on Landscape Stability. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4654. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174654

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Prokopová M, Salvati L, Egidi G, Cudlín O, Včeláková R, Plch R, Cudlín P. Envisioning Present and Future Land-Use Change under Varying Ecological Regimes and Their Influence on Landscape Stability. Sustainability. 2019; 11(17):4654. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174654

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Prokopová, Marcela, Luca Salvati, Gianluca Egidi, Ondřej Cudlín, Renata Včeláková, Radek Plch, and Pavel Cudlín. 2019. "Envisioning Present and Future Land-Use Change under Varying Ecological Regimes and Their Influence on Landscape Stability" Sustainability 11, no. 17: 4654. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174654

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