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    A fundamental assumption in landscape ecology is that spatial patterns have significant influences on the flows of materials, energy, and information while processes create, modify, and maintain spatial patterns. Thus, it is of paramount importance in both theory and practice to address the questions of landscape pattern optimization ... For example, can landscape patterns be optimized in terms of both the composition and configuration of patches and matrix characteristics for purposes of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem management, and landscape sustainability?

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    Hof, John; Flather, Curtis. 2007. Optimization of landscape pattern [Chapter 8]. In: Wu, Jianguo; Hobbs, Richard J., eds. Key Topics in Landscape Ecology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 143-160.


    landscape ecology, spatial patterns, landscape pattern optimization

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