Landscape ecology meets landscape science

Julian Helfenstein*, Lea Bauer, Aline Clalüna, Janine Bolliger, Felix Kienast

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Abstract

Landscape ecology is a broad field in a patchwork of related disciplines. Giving landscape ecology a definition and delimiting it from related research areas is both a challenge and a necessity. Past endeavors have focused on expert opinions, analyses of published papers, and conference proceedings. We used a mix of all three, including a unique keyword analysis in two leading landscape-related journals, to highlight latest developments in landscape ecology between 2010 and 2013. Our analysis confirms the key topics of Wu (Landscape Ecol 28(1):1-11, 2013), and suggests that of those connectivity is dominating in terms of research output. However, we also found evidence that the borders of the journal Landscape Ecology are fuzzier than sketched in recent publications. There is a large overlap with the journal Landscape and Urban Planning, and in general a growing weight of conservation, landscape management, and planning related issues in the landscape ecology community. We conclude by encouraging the continued inclusion and strengthening of socio-ecological hot topics such as urban studies and landscape-human interactions in landscape ecological studies and subsequently in the journal landscape ecology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1109-1113
Number of pages5
JournalLandscape Ecology
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Connectivity
  • Core questions
  • Future direction
  • Key topics
  • Landscape ecology
  • Management
  • Planning
  • Urban studies

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