Incorporating Edge Effects into Landscape Design and Management

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Abstract

Landscape design and management attempt to anticipate and mitigate the effects of human activities on the composition and structure of landscapes serving diverse and often conflictingpurposes. Natural landscape heterogeneity is typically increased by anthropogenic activities, and one of the most pervasive results is the proliferation of habitat edges. A long history of research on edge effects has led to the general impression that they are frustratingly idiosyncratic and inconsistent.However, recent advances suggest that the direction-if not the magnitude-of edge effects can be predicted; and spatial models allow managers to explore the likely effects of edges on focal species and key ecological processes. These tools provide a new capacity for anticipating changes in animal abundance and ecological processes near edges, while exploring the consequences of alternative landscape designs. By combining species- and process-level understanding with spatial data describing real and hypothetical future landscapes, managers can integrate consideration of edge effects into their decisions and improve the likelihood that sensitive species and key ecosystem services will be conserved as society places increasing demands on a finite land base.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationManaging and Designing Landscapes for Conservation: Moving from Perspectives to Principles
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Pages149-164
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781405159142
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Anthropogenic activities
  • Ecological processes
  • Human activities
  • Land uses
  • Landscape design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Sisk, T. D. (2008). Incorporating Edge Effects into Landscape Design and Management. In Managing and Designing Landscapes for Conservation: Moving from Perspectives to Principles (pp. 149-164). Blackwell Publishing Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470692400.ch14

Incorporating Edge Effects into Landscape Design and Management. / Sisk, Thomas D.

Managing and Designing Landscapes for Conservation: Moving from Perspectives to Principles. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2008. p. 149-164.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Sisk, TD 2008, Incorporating Edge Effects into Landscape Design and Management. in Managing and Designing Landscapes for Conservation: Moving from Perspectives to Principles. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, pp. 149-164. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470692400.ch14
Sisk TD. Incorporating Edge Effects into Landscape Design and Management. In Managing and Designing Landscapes for Conservation: Moving from Perspectives to Principles. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2008. p. 149-164 https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470692400.ch14
Sisk, Thomas D. / Incorporating Edge Effects into Landscape Design and Management. Managing and Designing Landscapes for Conservation: Moving from Perspectives to Principles. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2008. pp. 149-164
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