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dc.contributor.authorYoung, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorJarvis, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-09T13:19:33Z
dc.date.available2008-06-09T13:19:33Z
dc.date.issued2001
dc.identifier.citationEnvironmental Management, 28(3): 375-387
dc.identifier.issn0364-152X
dc.identifier.issn1432-1009
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s002670010230
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/29714
dc.description.abstractLand management in urban areas is characterized by the diversity of its goals and its physical expression in the landscape, as well as by the frequency and often rapidity of change. Deliberate or accidental landscape alterations lead to changes in habitat, some of which may be viewed as environmentally beneficial, others as detrimental. Evaluating what is there and how changes may fit into the landscape context is therefore essential if informed land-management decisions are to be made. The method presented here uses a simple ecological evaluation technique, employing a restricted number of evaluation criteria, to gather a spatially complete data set. A geographical information system (GIS) is then used to combine the resulting scores into a habitat value index (HVI). Using examples from Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, existing real-world data are then applied to land-management scenarios to predict probable landscape ecological consequences of habitat alteration. The method provides an ecologically relevant, spatially complete evaluation of a large, diverse area in a short period of time. This means that contextual effects of land-management decisions can be quickly visualized and remedial or mitigating measures incorporated at an early stage without the requirement for complex modeling and prior to the detailed ecological survey. The strengths of the method lie in providing a detailed information baseline that evaluates all habitats, not just the traditional “quality” habitats, in a manner that is accessible to all potential users—from interested individuals to professional planners. (Springer Verlag)
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSpringer New York
dc.relation.urlhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs0026702421
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dc.subjectUrban habitats
dc.subjectEcological evaluation
dc.subjectLandscape ecology
dc.subjectLand management
dc.subjectLand use
dc.subjectHabitat change
dc.subjectGIS
dc.subjectHabitat Value Index (HVI)
dc.subjectDecision making tools
dc.subjectWolverhampton
dc.subjectWest Midlands
dc.titleA Simple Method for Predicting the Consequences of Land Management in Urban Habitats
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalEnvironmental Management
html.description.abstractLand management in urban areas is characterized by the diversity of its goals and its physical expression in the landscape, as well as by the frequency and often rapidity of change. Deliberate or accidental landscape alterations lead to changes in habitat, some of which may be viewed as environmentally beneficial, others as detrimental. Evaluating what is there and how changes may fit into the landscape context is therefore essential if informed land-management decisions are to be made. The method presented here uses a simple ecological evaluation technique, employing a restricted number of evaluation criteria, to gather a spatially complete data set. A geographical information system (GIS) is then used to combine the resulting scores into a habitat value index (HVI). Using examples from Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, existing real-world data are then applied to land-management scenarios to predict probable landscape ecological consequences of habitat alteration. The method provides an ecologically relevant, spatially complete evaluation of a large, diverse area in a short period of time. This means that contextual effects of land-management decisions can be quickly visualized and remedial or mitigating measures incorporated at an early stage without the requirement for complex modeling and prior to the detailed ecological survey. The strengths of the method lie in providing a detailed information baseline that evaluates all habitats, not just the traditional “quality” habitats, in a manner that is accessible to all potential users—from interested individuals to professional planners. (Springer Verlag)


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