The dimensions of land use change in rural landscapes: Lessons learnt from the GB Countryside Surveys

Petit, Sandrine. 2009 The dimensions of land use change in rural landscapes: Lessons learnt from the GB Countryside Surveys. Journal of Environmental Management, 90 (9). 2851-2856.

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Rural landscapes are highly dynamic and their change impacts on a number of ecological processes such as the dynamics of biodiversity. Although a substantial amount of research has focused on quantifying these changes and their impact on biodiversity, most studies have focused on single dimensions of land use change. This lack of integration in land use change studies can be explained by the fact that data on the spatial, temporal, and ecological dimensions of land use are seldom available for the same geographical location. In this paper, the benefits of taking into account these three dimensions are illustrated with results derived from the Great Britain Countryside Surveys (CS), a large-scale monitoring programme designed to assess change in the extent and ecological condition of British habitats. The overview of CS results presented in this paper shows that (1) changes in land use composition will translate into a variety of spatial patterns; (2) the temporal stability of land use is often lower than can be expected; and (3) there can be large-scale shifts in the ecological condition of the land use types that form our rural landscapes. The benefits of integrated rural landscape studies are discussed in the context of other national monitoring programmes.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 1 - Observations, Patterns, and Predictions for Biodiversity
CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity > SE01A Sustainable Monitoring and Management of Land Resources
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Parr
ISSN: 0301-4797
Additional Keywords: Landscape dynamics, Ecological condition, Spatial pattern, Landscape monitoring, Biodiversity
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 29 Jul 2009 11:20 +0 (UTC)

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