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Use of Landscape Sciences for the Assessment of Environmental Security

  • Irene Petrosillo
  • Felix Müller
  • K. Bruce Jones
  • Giovanni Zurlini
  • Kinga Krauze
  • Sergey Victorov
  • Bai-Lian Li
  • William G. Kepner
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction – Environmental Security and Landscape Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Felix Müller, K. Bruce Jones, Kinga Krauze, Bai-Lian Li, Sergey Victorov, Irene Petrosillo et al.
      Pages 1-17
    3. Thomas Blaschke, Peter Zeil, Stefan Lang, Stefan Kienberger, Annelene Kammer
      Pages 57-73
  3. Introduction – Landscape Science Methodologies to Assess Environmental Security

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Stoyan Nedkov, Maryiana Nikolova, Timo Kumpula
      Pages 77-92
    3. Stefan Lang, Elisabeth Schöpfer, Daniel Hölbling, Thomas Blaschke, Matthias Moeller, Thomas Jekel et al.
      Pages 93-105
    4. Bai-Lian Li, Victor G. Gorshkov, Anastassia M. Makarieva
      Pages 107-117
  4. Introduction – Landscape Indicators and Landscape Change Detection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-120
    2. Algimantas Tiknius, Kęstutis Du"inskas, Benediktas Jankauskas
      Pages 121-130
    3. Wendy Fjellstad, Wenche Dramstad
      Pages 131-141
    4. Tatiana Popova, Irina Bychkova
      Pages 143-154
    5. Sergey Victorov, Eugene Kildjushevsky, Leontina Sukhacheva, Tatiana Popova
      Pages 155-164
    6. Roy Haines-Young, Tobias Langanke, Marion Potschin
      Pages 165-174
  5. Introduction – Integrated Studies of Catchments and Basins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-176
    2. Stoyan Nedkov, Maryiana Nikolova, Stoyan Iankov, Darius Semmens
      Pages 209-224

About these proceedings


The assessment of land use and land cover is an important activity for cont- porary land management. Human land-use practices are the most significant factors influencing environmental management at local, regional, national, and global scales. In the past, environmental policies have often reflected a reactive response to environmental perturbations with management efforts focused on short-term, local-scale problems such as pollutant abatement. Currently, environmental management philosophy is evolving toward examination of critical environmental problems over larger spatial scales and assessment of the cumulative risk resulting from multiple problem sources. Today’s environmental managers, urban planners, and decision-makers are increasingly expected to examine environmental and economic problems in a larger geographic context that crosses national boundaries and scientific disciplines. Secondly, cont- porary policy-makers have also been challenged on how they view security. The conventional definition of national security has been expanded to include environmental threats resulting from resource scarcity and overpopulation and it is recognized that environmental factors may have an impact in creating conflict and world instability. Thus the working definition of security has been broadened beyond relying on militaristic aspects alone and has evolved to include the environment. In 1969, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) established the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) partly in response to examine the link between environmental issues and security. CCMS was created for the purpose of addressing problems affecting the environment of the member nations and the quality of life of their citizens.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Irene Petrosillo
    • 1
  • Felix Müller
    • 2
  • K. Bruce Jones
    • 3
  • Giovanni Zurlini
    • 1
  • Kinga Krauze
    • 4
  • Sergey Victorov
    • 5
  • Bai-Lian Li
    • 6
  • William G. Kepner
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and TechnologiesUniversity of SalentoItaly
  2. 2.NATO CCMS Co-Director, Ecology CentreUniversity of KielGermany
  3. 3.Geography DisciplineRestonUSA
  4. 4.International Centre for EcologyPolish Academy of SciencesPoland
  5. 5.Research Institute of Remote Sensing Methods for GeologyRussia
  6. 6.Department of Botany and Plant SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA
  7. 7.U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyLas VegasUSA

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