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.
|Place of Publication||Wageningen|
|Number of pages||144|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|