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Landscape Ecology

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 149–155 | Cite as

Landscapes in Time and Space

  • Lindsey GillsonEmail author
Perspective

Abstract

Landscape ecology has a temporal dimension, and the role of past processes in shaping landscapes is increasingly recognised. To date, the interface between landscape ecology and palaeoecology has proved most productive in understanding the impacts of climate change and in discovering the extent of past human impacts on ecosystems. Further areas of synergy are emerging. This Perspective gives selected examples of five main areas of synergy between palaeoecology and landscape ecology: dynamic landscape mosaics; resilience and thresholds; biocomplexity; adaptive cycles; and in the landscape ecology of invasive spread.

Keywords

Landscape mosaics Biocomplexity Resilience Thresholds Adaptive cycles Palaeo-invasions 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Plant Conservation Unit, Botany DepartmentUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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