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Title: Forest landscape fragmentation pattern (1km^2 surroundings)


The landscape forest fragmentation in a given region is characterised from three measures: the forest cover share in ‘core natural’ pattern, in ‘mixed natural’ pattern and in ‘some natural’ pattern. The measures are based on the forest spatial pattern and the composition in terms of agriculture, artificial and natural/semi-natural surfaces in the immediate surroundings (~1km2) of each hectare of forest. Underlying concepts are the total forest interior habitat area, the isolation of forest patches within other land use forms (agricultural areas, transport infrastructures or settlements), and the types of forest edges along natural or modified ecosystems. Forest areas with a ‘core natural’ pattern, are likely “un-fragmented” (significant interior area) and/or always adjacent to other natural/semi-natural lands (natural edge types). “Fragmented” forests have a ‘mixed natural’ pattern when forests are intermingled with agricultural and/or artificial land uses, still in a predominant ...

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Last modified 2006-12-12
Issue date 2006-12-12
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From: 2006-01-01 – To: 2006-12-31

Language English
Data theme(s) Environment
EuroVoc concept(s) biodiversity; scientific research
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Measures are presented in Estreguil et al, 2012. The Forest Landscape Fragmentation Pattern measures belong to the MOSAIC index family, which applies a moving window tri-dimensional algorithm to describe the landscape mosaic pattern around a given piece of land (Riitters et al, ...
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70.09° N, 34.59° E, 34.56° S, -10.58° W

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