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Concepts, planning and measures in nature conservation and landscape protection presuppose sufficient information about the condition and dynamic of eco-systems. This leads on the one hand to a need for measurable indicators which allow an objective and comparable characterization of landscapes, and on the other hand to a demand for methods to derive these indicators.

Particularly in the last years the knowledge has prevailed that beside land use also the structure of landscape is an essential influencing parameter with regard to ecological processes. Therefore, different parameters for the characterization of the landscape structure were developed. One of these indicator groups are patch indices, which allow a quantitative analysis of landscape properties. These indices are useful for the characterization of landscape objects. In this paper some patch indices will be discussed and compared with the description of landscape objects. The indices will be demonstrated with classified remote sensing data for a test site in the Carpathian Region (Western Ukraine). .

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Authors: BORG E, German Aerospace Center, German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) (DE);FICHTELMANN B, German Aerospace Center, German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) (DE);LEHMANN S, German Aerospace Center, German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) (DE);BARUTH B, DG-JRC, Space Applications Institute, (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: Geo-Spatial Knowledge Processing For Natural Resourse Management. Organised by: JRC, Ispra. Held in: University of Insurbia, Varese (IT) 28-29 June (2001)
Record Number: 200013766 / Last updated on: 2001-09-18
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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