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Sustainable Development of Land Cover Change and Landscape Ecology

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Soil Conservation and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 1271

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Department of Geoinformatics, Physical and Environmental Geography, University of Szeged, Egyetem u. 2-6, H-6722 Szeged, Hungary
Interests: land use change; landscape pattern; landscape ecology; urban ecology; geospatial analyses
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Department of Soil Mapping and Environmental Informatics, Institute for Soil Sciences, Centre for Agricultural Research, H-1022 Budapest, Hungary
Interests: GIS methods; landscape metrics; land use change; soil degradation; lanscape ecology; soil sciences

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Dear Colleagues,

Land cover is the most visible indicator of anthropogenic processes in the landscape. The spatial characteristics of land use and land cover have increasingly influenced landscape ecological and environmental processes in recent centuries. Changes in land cover alter the state of the landscape components (topography, vegetation, soil, surface and groundwater, etc.), sparking complex relationships and interactions between the landscape components. According to the pattern and process paradigm, the change in any landscape element (landscape component) has an impact on changes in landscape structure (composition and configuration of landscapes), and can result in a change in the landscape processes. Land cover (and its spatial characteristics) can be not only a driving force but also an important indicator of the interactions between landscape features. The pattern of land cover (and its change) is an indirect indicator of the naturalness of landscapes and of changes in naturalness. The natural and social processes that cause land cover changes are very complex and therefore require a holistic approach.

Changes in the composition and/or configuration of land cover significantly affect the size and spatial characteristics of habitats in the landscape, and thus biodiversity. Land cover change determines a wide range of ecosystem services, such as vegetation runoff conditions, soil erosion, microclimate regulating or dust reduction functions. The development of geoinformatics and remote sensing techniques has opened up new horizons for land cover change analysis that can support the sustainable landscape planning in urban, peri-urban and rural landscapes. Land use and land cover modelling can provide particularly important input information for sustainable urban planning as well as for landscape structure planning in agricultural landscapes.

In this Special Issue, we welcome publications and review articles aiming at exploring the natural and social causes of recent land cover changes, as well as the landscape ecological and environmental consequences of the land cover changes. In addition to articles on GIS-based analysis of land cover change, we welcome articles on sustainable agricultural land use, modelling of future land use, as well as environmental and social conflicts related to land cover change in different urban, suburban or rural study areas. We welcome articles on land cover change modelling in dynamically changing landscapes (e.g., suburban areas, rain forest), and the effect of climate change on vegetation and land cover changes.

Dr. Peter Szilassi
Dr. Nándor Csikós
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  • landscape planning
  • pattern and process paradigm
  • sustainable land use
  • landscape metrics
  • land use modelling
  • ecosystem services
  • urbanisation

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The Spatiotemporal Analysis of Land Take Exemplified by Poland
by Bielecka Elzbieta
Sustainability 2024, 16(3), 1059; - 26 Jan 2024
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The research was motivated by the growing interest of scientists and practitioners in land consumption. It was assumed that the multifaceted and space–time analysis of the dynamics of land use change reveals agricultural and forest land conversion into artificial areas, and thus highlight [...] Read more.
The research was motivated by the growing interest of scientists and practitioners in land consumption. It was assumed that the multifaceted and space–time analysis of the dynamics of land use change reveals agricultural and forest land conversion into artificial areas, and thus highlight the regions of high human pressure. To fulfill the research objective, the proprietary coefficient of admissible (maximal) land take (aLT) was used. This study, based on open, publicly available spatial and statistical data, presents agricultural and forest land losses in four periods (2005, 2010, 2015, 2020) in Polish provinces. The analysis reveals both the value and the trend of land take and indicates Mazowieckie and Małopolska as the provinces of the highest land take pace since 2005. In contrast, provinces such as Zachodnio-Pomorskie and Opolskie, located in the northwest and southwest of Poland, are characterized by small and decreasing losses of agricultural and forest land, prompting them to be classified as lower outliers. The paper concludes, in part, that admissible (maximal) land take (aLT) is a useful tool for monitoring land conversion and planning spatial development of any region in the world. Full article
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