© 2007

A Changing World

Challenges for Landscape Research

  • Felix Kienast
  • Otto Wildi
  • Sucharita Ghosh


  • Hot topics, i.e. landscape research to break new grounds in 10-15 years, rather than completeness

  • Paradigms of driving forces and value systems as determinants for landscape development to guide the reader through the book, decisive for the selection of examples

  • Multidisciplinarity: landscapes are treated as cultural product and not merely as spatio-temporal products of abiotic and biological factors

  • Holistic nature of landscape research rather than landscape ecology as discipline

  • Illustrations of theoretical concepts


Part of the Landscape Series book series (LAEC, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Change and Transformation: A Synthesis

    1. Felix Kienast, Otto Wildi, Sucharita Ghosh
      Pages 1-4
  3. Value Systems – Major Drivers of Landscape Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Matthias Buchecker, Susanne Kianicka, Berit Junker
      Pages 7-26
    3. Peter Duelli, Priska Baur, Matthias Buchecker, Felix Gugerli, Rolf Holderegger, Thomas Wohlgemuth
      Pages 27-34
    4. Marcel Hunziker, Matthias Buchecker, Terry Hartig
      Pages 47-62
  4. Ecological Observations and Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Niklaus E. Zimmermann, Robert A. Washington-Allen, Robert D. Ramsey, Michael E. Schaepman, Lukas Mathys, Benjamin Kötz et al.
      Pages 65-91
    3. Adrian Lanz, Martin Brändli, Andri Baltensweiler
      Pages 93-111
    4. Jan Esper, David C. Frank, Jürg Luterbacher
      Pages 113-132
    5. Matthias Bürgi, Anna M. Hersperger, Marcus Hall, Emiliy W. B. (Russell) Southgate, Nina Schneeberger
      Pages 133-144
    6. Rolf Holderegger, Felix Gugerli, Christoph Scheidegger, Pierre Taberlet
      Pages 145-156
    7. Werner Suter, Kurt Bollmann, Rolf Holderegger
      Pages 157-174
  5. Spatial Pattern Recognition, Time Series Analysis and Dynamic Modeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Janine Bolliger, Helene H. Wagner, Monica G. Turner
      Pages 177-194
    3. Otto Wildi, László Orlóci
      Pages 195-207
    4. Sucharita Ghosh, Jan Beran, Siegfried Heiler, Donald Percival, Willy Tinner
      Pages 223-247
    5. Heike Lischke, Thomas J. Löffler, Peter E. Thornton, Niklaus E. Zimmermann
      Pages 249-272

About this book


Written primarily for researchers and advanced students in environmental and social sciences, this latest book in Springer’s Landscape Series looks at some of the emerging fields and new challenges in landscape research. These include:

    • the role of value systems in perceiving, appreciating, and managing landscapes
    • the ‘space’ and ‘place’ concept in landscape research
    • GIS and remote sensing techniques for gathering and processing spatially and temporally explicit land cover, vegetation, and land use data
    • methods of landscape history
    • landscape genetics and genetic methods to test landscape connectivity and dispersal of plant and animal species
    • palaeoclimatic research, with focus on tree ring based temperature reconstructions
    • landscape patterns, processes and model up-scaling
    • statistical methods for environmental time series and other observations

Drawing on the expertise of an interdisciplinary team, the book provides a valuable reference for researchers in landscape ecology, landscape perception, conservation biology, ecological modeling, statistics in the environmental sciences and related fields.


Driving forces Modeling Remote sensing/GIS Statistics Vegetation biodiversity development ecology environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Felix Kienast
    • 1
  • Otto Wildi
    • 2
  • Sucharita Ghosh
    • 3
  1. 1.Swiss Federal Research Institute WSLBirmensdorfSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swiss Federal Research Institute WSLBirmensdorfSwitzerland
  3. 3.Swiss Federal Research Institute WSLBirmensdorfSwitzerland

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"This latest book in Springer’s Landscape Series looks at some of the emerging fields and new challenges in landscape research. … Drawing on the expertise of an interdisciplinary team, this collection provides a valuable reference for researchers in landscape ecology, conservation biology, ecological modeling, and related fields." (Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment, 2007)

"This book … provides the scientific community with some eye-opening material by including the importance of social dimensions in the dominant view of modern landscape ecology in North America. … In conclusion, I found this book very stimulating and valuable for landscape researchers, students and practitioners. I foresee that this text will play an important role in the history of landscape ecology, just like those of pioneer ecologists in the first half of the twentieth century." (Jiquan Chen, Landscape Ecology, Vol. 23, 2008)

"‘A Changing World, Challenges for Landscape Research,’ … includes a collection of contemporary hot topics currently studied by Swiss landscape ecologists. … The book contains papers that address frontier research issues as well as reviews of basic concepts and theories of landscape ecology. In general, the papers are of very good quality and the topics are worthy of publication. … I can recommend this book to both researchers and students in landscape ecology." (Hong S. He, Landscape Ecology, Vol. 23, 2008)