Hierarchical concepts in landscape ecology and its underlying disciplines; (the unbearable lightness of a theory?)

J.A. Klijn

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    The origin and specific nature of hierarchical concepts in landscape ecology and their applicability in both underlying disciplines and integrated studies are analysed. Most perspectives are found in process-functional hierarchies, ruled by flows of energy, matter and organisms, in spatio-temporal hierarchies and in organizational hierarchies in ecosystems. At landscape level, a universal ordering and ranking of components and processes is feasible. Applications are shown in case-studies. Critical remarks are made on the meaning and scientific use of hierarchical concepts. If a concept is strictly defined, its potential scientific contribution as an ordering principle is definitely useful. Its status as a real theory is doubted.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Place of PublicationWageningen
    Number of pages144
    Publication statusPublished - 1995

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