Patterns and Processes in Forest Landscapes - Multiple Use and Sustainable Management

Edited by Lafortezza, R.; Chen, J.; Sanesi, G.; Crow, Th.R. 
Springer  September 2008  

Hardcover  426 pp  ISBN 9781402085031      £135.00
Increasing evidence suggests that the composition and spatial configuration 'the pattern' of forest landscapes affect many ecological processes, including the movement and persistence of particular species, the susceptibility and spread of disturbances such as fires or pest outbreaks, and the redistribution of matter and nutrients. Understanding these issues is key to the successful management of complex, multifunctional forest landscapes, and landscape ecology, based on a foundation of island bio-geography and meta-population dynamic theories, provides the rationale to deal with this pattern-to-process interaction at different spatial and temporal scales.

This carefully edited volume represents a stimulating addition to the international literature on landscape ecology and resource management. It provides key insights into some of the applicable landscape ecological theories that underlie forest management, with a specific focus on how forest management can benefit from landscape ecology, and how landscape ecology can be advanced by tackling challenging problems in forest (landscape) management. It also presents a series of case studies from Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia exploring the issues of disturbance, diversity, management, and scale, and with a specific focus on how human intervention affects forest landscapes and, in turn, how landscapes influence humans and their culture.

An important reference for advanced students and researchers in landscape ecology, conservation biology, forest ecology, natural resource management and ecology across multiple scales, the book will also appeal to researchers and practitioners in reserve design, ecological restoration, forest management, landscape planning and landscape architecture.

Of interest to ecologists and landscape ecologists, conservation biologists, forest and natural resource managers, landscape planners and architects, GIS users, remote sensing specialists, experts in ecological restorations and engineering


List of contributors.
Author€s profiles
Foreword; T.A. Spies.
Preface; R. Lafortezza et al.


  • Ecology and management of forest landscapes; J. Chen et al.
  • Managing forest landscapes for climate change; T.R.Crow.-


  • The Great Siberian Forest: challenges and opportunities of scale; I.M. Danilin, T.R. Crow.
  • Fragmentation of forest landscapes in Central Africa: causes, consequences and management; J. Bogaert et al.
  • Human-induced alterations in native forests of Patagonia, Argentina; F. Carabelli, R. Scoz
  • Landscape-scale factors influencing forest dynamics in Northern Australia; D.S. Banfai, D.M.J.S. Bowman.
  • Spatial patterns and ecology of shifting forest landscapes in Garo Hills, India; A. Kumar et al.
  • Synthesis: Cultural controls of forest patterns and processes; G. Sanesi, R. Lafortezza.


  • Tools for understanding landscapes: combining large-scale surveys to characterize change; W.K. Moser et al.
  • Shape irregularity as indicator of forest biodiversity and guidelines for metric selection; S. Saura et al.
  • Land suitability for short rotation coppices assessed through fuzzy membership functions; P. Corona et al.
  • Assessing human impacts on Australian forests through integration of remote sensing data; R. Lucas et al.
  • Habitat quality assessment and modelling for forest biodiversity and sustainability; S. Luque S., N. Vainikainen.
  • Synthesis: Ecological modelling and perspectives of forest landscapes; J. Chen.


  • The role of the sustainable forestry initiative in forest landscape changes in Texas, USA; J.C. Azevedo et al
  • Biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods in tropical forest landscapes; J.-L. Pfund et al.
  • Forest management on carbon sink dynamics: a study in boreal and sub-alpine forest regions; C. Li et al.
  • Emulating natural disturbance regimes: an emerging approach for sustainable forest management; M. North, W.S. Keeton.
  • Conserving forest biodiversity: recent approaches in UK forest planning and management; K. Watts et al.
  • Synthesis: Ecology-based landscape planning and management; T.R. Crow.

Appendix: Evaluating forest landscape connectivity through Conefor Sensinode 2.2; S. Saura.

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