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Patch to Landscape and Back Again: Three Case Studies of Land System Architecture Change and Environmental Consequences from the Local to Global Scale

Abstract Humans have modified land systems for centuries in pursuit of a wide range of social and ecological benefits. Recent decades have seen an increase in the magnitude and scale of land system modification (e.g., the Anthropocene) but also a growing recognition and interest in generating land systems that balance environmental and human well-being. This dissertation focused on three case studies operating at distinctive spatial scales in which broad socio-economic or political-institutional drivers affected land systems, with consequences for the environmental conditions of that system. Employing a land system architecture (LSA) framework and using landscape metrics to quantify landscape composition and configuration from satellite imagery, eac... (more)
Created Date 2020
Contributor Stuhlmacher, Michelle (Author) / Turner, II, Billie L. (Advisor) / Georgescu, Matei (Advisor) / Frazier, Amy E. (Committee member) / Kim, Yushim (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geography / Remote sensing / Sustainability / Land System Science / Landscape Metrics / Public Policy / Social-Ecological Systems / Urban Planning / Urbanization
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 176 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Geography 2020
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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