Ecosystems come in many scales or relative sizes. As I have said, because of the links between systems, a modification of one system may affect the operation of surrounding systems. Furthermore, how a system will respond to management is partially determined by relationships with surrounding systems. Multiscale analysis of ecosystems pertains to all kinds of land. Many planning issues transcend ownership and administrative boundaries. To address these issues, the planner must consider how related ecosystems are linked to form larger systems. For this analysis to be effective, it must be conducted regardless of ownership or administrative boundaries. This is because we can only understand ecosystems, as spatial systems, by looking at the whole—not just certain parts. Note that this refers to analysis only, not to government’s making management decisions about private land or vice versa.
KeywordsLandscape Mosaic Hydrologic Unit Functional Inventory Ofregional Difference Benchmark Station
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