An important guide to assessing and managing the environment from a landscape perspectiveEcological relationships are nested within the landscape. Identifying the relevant spatial and temporal scales is critical for an effective understanding of ecological functions that human societies depend upon. Moreover, human encroachment into natural areas, or changes in climate, can alter spatial relationships, which in turn can negatively affect vital plant and wildlife patternsand weaken economic structures needed to sustain human societies. This book is the first to combine multiple disciplines into one cohesive strategy to study these crucial connections, and looks toward building a social paradigm that embraces the dynamics of ecological systems. This book:Integrates landscape ecology, environmental risk assessment, valuation of ecological goods and services, and environmental management decision processes into one single sourceIncludes chapters on quantitative measures, Bayesian modeling,

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