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Landscape ecology is about the relation between patterns - the landscape - and between ecological processes of any kind. Theories that support the assumptions of an ecology at landscape scale are evolving at a steady but relatively slow pace. Processes in the landscape take place within extremely different time ranges. It is difficult, therefore, to proceed with the study of many important landscape ecological aspects within experimental conditions. Yet, there is a need for speeding up of the gain of landscape ecological knowledge, as well as from the point view of theory building, as from the point of view of planning and management for sustainable use of land and ecosystems. Satellite and airborne remote sensing data (including the classical aerial photographs) have always had a great appeal to landscape researchers because they reveal the spatial structure of the earth surface in a synoptic way and because they provide data on geometry and composition. The papers in this volume deal with a number of landscape studies that use, in a more or less intensive way, remote sensing imagery of various kinds. Certainly, not all possible applications were exhausted. Still the papers provide an inspiring overview of the possible applications of remote sensing in landscape ecological mapping. The workshop was organised on 17-19 March 1994 in Leuven (Belgium), in the frame of a pilot study concerning landscape ecological mapping in Belgium based on satellite remote sensing imagery.

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Authors: DELBAERE B, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Institute for Land and Water Management (BE);GULINCK H (EDITORS), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Institute for Land and Water Management (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16265 EN (1995) 164pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-4245-8
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