Landscape Ecology

, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 501–504 | Cite as

Landscape ecology: perspectives based on the 2007 IALE world congress

  • Jean Paul MetzgerEmail author

Sixty-nine years since Carl Troll first coined the term “landscape ecology”, 25 years of existence of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE), and 20 years since the first issue of the journal Landscape Ecology, can we now consider landscape ecology a more mature science? This question was discussed at a roundtable during the 2007 IALE World Congress. As one of the invited speakers, I read carefully all 401 abstracts of the open sessions and symposia of the congress, and analysed them in a quantitative way based on the following criteria: country of origin, technologies used for spatial quantification, organizational level (such as population, community, ecosystem), cross-disciplinarity (i.e. multi-, inter- or transdisciplinarity; for definitions, see Fry et al. 2007), temperate versus tropical landscapes, habitat modification, type of landscape, spatial and temporal scales, kind of human disturbance, main research topics as per Wu and Hobbs’s (2002) classification....



I would like to acknowledge Rob Jongman and Bob Bunce for the invitation to the IALE World Congress 2007, and Jianguo Wu, Cristina Banks, Vânia Pivello, Danilo Boscolo and Sandra Luque for comments on previous versions of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Institute of BioscienceUniversity of São PauloSao PauloBrazil

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