Landscape Metrics of Szentendre Island, Hungary (1998-1999)

Nel, Lyndre [Nel, Lyndre (Ecosystem services), author] Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences (HUALS / MATE DI)

English Scientific Conference paper (Chapter in Book)
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    • ResearchGate publ.: 343234998
      Landscape metrics are used to describe landscape composition and spatial arrangement of natural elements. By measuring area size, arrangement, shape, and distribution of various land-use and land-cover (LULC) landscape elements, researchers are able to monitor environmental changes on a landscape level. Changes in environmental elements are integrally associated with the capacity of nature to provide humans with benefits, known as ecosystem services. A desktop study was done to record and evaluate the landscape metric data of the Szentendre Island, Hungary, based on a CORINE LULC map from 1998/99. LULC classes was made up of artificial area, permanent agriculture, wetland, pasture, mixed agriculture, forest, and natural vegetation. This map was used as input to the FRAGSTATS software to calculate various landscape metrics, including area size, patch density, variability, edge, shape, core area, and diversity. The landscape scale analysis describes the Szentendre Island as highly spatially variable with an indication that landscape fragmentation posed ecological issues at that time. A large portion (55,5%) of land-use on the Island was subject to an increased risk of environmental damage from residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural activities. These recorded metrics will further be used in a comparative study with the latest available CORINE maps to monitor long-term land-use change.
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