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Evaluation of Sustainable Ecological Landscape Quality

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 April 2022) | Viewed by 3613

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Department of Hydrobiology and Ecosystems Protections, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, 20-262 Lublin, Poland
Interests: nature protection; landscape quality; landscape indicators; nature-based solutions; spatial analysis; spatial statistics; satellite image analysis; land-use management; land use planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit articles about your recent research to this Special Issue that addresses the problems of Evaluation of Sustainable Ecological Landscape Quality. This quality is an effect of superimposing upon a set of environmental components, processes, and phenomena that are subjected to direct outcome or a side effect of human activity. Landscape ecological quality (LEQ) encompasses spatial features (structure and configuration of land cover forms) and ecological properties (functioning and diversity of ecosystems). LEQ depends on the type, variety, and density of the landscape elements existing within a specific context and on the level of quality associated with these elements.

This Special Issue focuses on both in situ methods of landscape quality analysis and methods based on the application of so-called landscape-based surrogates. The first approach explores issues such as the impact of the water and soil quality, biodiversity, and ecological processes on the functioning of the nature at the landscape scale. The second approach deals with the application of measurement indirectly testifying on the LEQ and includes the application of geomorphometric indicators, measurements based on the spectral variability and landscape metrics.

We welcome a diverse set of contributions including review articles summarizing the state of the knowledge, methodological papers presenting gaps in the knowledge, innovative concepts and future perspectives, and case studies.

The topics of this Special Issue include but are not restricted to:

  • Application of ecological indicators and measurements;
  • Use of remote sensing data in landscape analysis;
  • Landscape-based surrogates of biodiversity and plant health;
  • Landscape metrics;
  • Ecological indicators of water and soil quality;
  • The impact of land use and land cover change on landscape quality;
  • Landscape scale wildlife conservation;
  • Multidisciplinary approach to ecological landscape quality assessment;
  • Application of ecological indicators in the practice of landscape planning;
  • Policy and theoretical frameworks connecting sustainable development goals;
  • Sustainable landscape development.

Dr. Barbara Sowinska-Świerkosz
Guest Editor

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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 semimonthly 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 2400 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 quality
  • landscape indicators
  • landscape-based surrogates
  • remote sensing
  • sustainable landscape

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An Assessment of the Ecological Landscape Quality (ELQ) of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) Based on Existing Elements of Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI)
by Barbara Sowińska-Świerkosz, Julia Wójcik-Madej and Malwina Michalik-Śnieżek
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 11674; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111674 - 22 Oct 2021
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Abstract
Nature-based solutions (NBS) positively impact ecological landscape quality (ELQ) by providing multiple benefits, including enhancing natural capital, promoting biodiversity, mitigating water runoff, increasing water retention, and contributing to climate change adaptations and carbon sequestration. To analyze the specific contribution of different NBS types, [...] Read more.
Nature-based solutions (NBS) positively impact ecological landscape quality (ELQ) by providing multiple benefits, including enhancing natural capital, promoting biodiversity, mitigating water runoff, increasing water retention, and contributing to climate change adaptations and carbon sequestration. To analyze the specific contribution of different NBS types, this study assessed 14 ELQ indicators based on the application of spatial data. Five NBS based on existing elements of green and blue infrastructure (GBI) were analyzed at the city level (Lublin, Poland), including parks (UPs), forests (UFs), water bodies (UWs), allotment gardens (AGs), and woods (Ws). The analysis revealed that different NBS contribute in contrasting ways to the improvement of various dimensions of ELQ. UFs made the biggest contribution to the maintenance of ecological processes and stability, as well as to aesthetic values. Ws together with AGs were crucial to maintaining a high level of diversity at the landscape scale and also contributed to preserving the ecological structure. UWs and UPs had no outstanding impact on ELQ, mainly due to their high level of anthropogenic transformation. The application of spatial indicators proved useful in providing approximate information on the ecological values of different types of NBS when other data types were either unavailable or were only available at a high cost and with considerable time and effort. Full article
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