Recent progress on spatial and thematic resolution in landscape ecology

Lechner, Alex Mark and Rhodes, Jonathan R. (2016) Recent progress on spatial and thematic resolution in landscape ecology. Current Landscape Ecology Reports, 1 2: 98-105. doi:10.1007/s40823-016-0011-z

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Author Lechner, Alex Mark
Rhodes, Jonathan R.
Title Recent progress on spatial and thematic resolution in landscape ecology
Journal name Current Landscape Ecology Reports
ISSN 2364-494X
Publication date 2016-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s40823-016-0011-z
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 1
Issue 2
Start page 98
End page 105
Total pages 8
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract In this review we examine the past 5 years of landscape ecology research examining the effects of both spatial and thematic resolution on ecological analysis. While spatial resolution has been a topic of research for many decades, scale effects from thematic resolution have only recently been studied. Recent multi-scale analyses have demonstrated that the effects of thematic resolution on ecological analysis are comparable to spatial resolution and both spatial and thematic resolution interact. Additionally, spatial and thematic resolution can impact on multi-scale methods that are commonly used to identify the intrinsic scale—the scale at which ecological phenomena interact with the environment. A key aim of multi-scale analysis in landscape ecology is to characterise the scale-dependency of ecological processes, however, the interdisciplinary nature of landscape ecology means that research on scale has incorporated methods from a range of disciplines. These methods and concepts include: 1) multi-scale methods which characterise the sensitivity of an analysis to the modifiable areal unit problem, 2) spatial statistics for characterising the scale dependency of landscape patterns and identifying the optimal scale and 3) ecological theory describing intrinsic scales/domains of scales. We conclude by drawing on the existing literature to describe potential future areas of research to address the impacts of spatial and thematic resolution. We suggest further research on the effects of thematic resolution and conceptualising the scale continuum as multi-dimensional. We also identify mechanistic models and spatial statistics as a promising direction for future research.
Keyword Landscape ecology
Multi-scale
Scale
Spatial resolution
Spatial uncertainty
Thematic resolution
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Institutional Status UQ

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