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Title: Applying an integrated landscape characterization and evaluation tool to small islands (Pico, Azores, Portugal)
Authors: Fernandes, João Paulo
Guiomar, Nuno
Freire, Marco
Gil, Artur
Keywords: Systematic conservation planning
integrated landscape assessment
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management 14(2):243-266 (2014)
Abstract: Each landscape is determined and can be characterised by two types of environmental factors: stable biophysical characteristics and manageable land use patterns. The consideration of both these characterisation domains allows the definition of a homogeneous system of reference (the stable characteristics) with which every possible land use pattern can be compared through the use of common evaluation algorithms. The Integrated Landscape Assessment (ILA) concept builds a framework for data retrieval and evaluation processing that maximizes the following advantages: through the use of a stable reference system, it allows the comparative simulation of different land use scenarios, as well as the permanent availability of the same reference system, independently from the intensity of land use changes throughout the years. It also allows the use of different evaluation algorithms according to different evaluation contexts or paradigms, without having to repeat or adapt the characterisation process. The present paper illustrates the basic concepts on which ILA is based and developed as well as its application to ecological planning and systematic conservation planning in the Pico Island (Azores Archipelago).
Type: article
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