Author(s): A. Bonet, J. Peña, J. Bellot, M. Cremades & J.R. Sánchez
Detecting hierarchical vegetation patterns of landscape change at different scales
is necessary to know how complex the landscape system is.
Here we focus our
research on dynamics at meso and micro scales in the Ventos-Agost catchment
(Alicante, South East Spain) between 1946 and 1999.
At meso scale, the
observed dynamics indicate two main human-induced trends in the landscape,
caused by land management: pine afforestation and land abandonment.
consequence, an increment in the Shannon index at landscape level is directly
related to the increase in uses and heterogeneity, indicating that the whole study
area has experienced fragmentation over the 53-year study period.
quantitative traits of vegetation dynamics at micro scale show a quick growth
during the first decade of land aban...
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/ECO010371
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