Landscape analysis A technique for ecosystem assessment and land use planning
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Rodiek, J.E., 1978. Landscape analysis - a technique for ecosystem assessment and land use planning. Landscape Plann., 5: 27-44. The development of human ecosystem within the western world is directed to an extent by the operational systems called planning and management. It is evident that these systems as they are assessed through an analysis of land use conversions, demonstrate a diminishing concern for our dependencies upon the general environment. A fundamental purpose of landscape analysis is to examine the various ways man impacts the environment of which he is a part and those aspects of his behavior that direct impacting activities. Landscape analysis is a procedure which assesses the end products of our natural and cultural systems. The procedure standardizes the products of these two systems into three dimensional units or functional landscapes. These units can then be qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated in ecological terms. An analysis of these units can reveal where and how we compromise our ecosystems and what planning options are left open to us. 1978.
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