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Characterizing the complexity of landscape boundaries by remote sensing

Metzger, Jean-Paul and Muller, Etienne Characterizing the complexity of landscape boundaries by remote sensing. (1996) Landscape Ecology, 11 (2). 65-77. ISSN 0921-2973

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02093740


This paper presents a method for characterizing the complexity of landscape boundaries by remote sensing. This characterization is supported by a new boundary typology, that takes into account points where three or more landcovers converge (i.e., convergency points or coverts). Landscape boundary richness and diversity indices were proposed and calculated over 19 landscapes in South-East Brazil. Results showed that landscape boundaries, especially convergency points, provided an enrichment in landscape pattern analysis. Landcover boundary diversities were significantly related to landcover shape: elongated riparian units had the highest values for boundary diversity and coverts proportion indices. On the other hand, landscape analysis showed that indices of shape, richness, diversity and coverts proportion provided an additional evaluation of landcover spatial distribution within the landscape.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Kluwer editor. The definitive version is available at http://link.springer.com. The original PDF of the article can be found at Landscape Ecology website : http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02093740.
HAL Id:hal-03607951
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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