Modeling Forest Landscape Dynamics


Bharath Setturu (Author) – Energy and Wetlands Research Group (EWRG), Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
K.S. Rajan (Author) – Head of Institute, Lab for Spatial Informatics (LSI), International Institute of Information Technology, Andhra Pradesh, India
T. V. Ramachandra, FIE, FIEE (UK), FNIE  (Author) – Coordinator of Energy and Wetlands Research Group (EWRG), Convener of Environmental Information System (ENVIS), Centre  for Ecological Sciences (CES), Bengaluru, India

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology

BISAC: TEC003040

Target Audience:

The landscape is a mosaic of ecosystem elements, which changes in size, shape, spatial arrangement, and quality of the patches/elements due to complex, multi-scalar processes which influence the ecosystem’s biotic components. The changes in the abiotic and biotic assets of a landscape are referred to as landscape dynamics. Changes in the structure of the landscape will have implications on ecosystem functions and processes. Landscape dynamics driven by land use land cover (LULC) changes due to anthropogenic activities are affecting ecology, biodiversity, hydrological regime, and hence people’s livelihood. There has been increasing apprehensions about environmental degradation, depletion of natural resources due to uncontrolled anthropogenic activities, and their consequences on long-term sustainability of socio-economic systems around the world. This necessitates an understanding of landscape dynamics and the visualization of likely changes for evolving appropriate strategies for prudent management of natural resources. This publication provides insights to LULC dynamics of forest ecosystems, which will help in the prudent management of ecosystems.





Chapter 1. Landscape Dynamics

Chapter 2. Modeling Framework for Landscape Dynamics

Chapter 3. Materials and Method Study Area: Uttara Kannada District

Chapter 4. Quantifying Landscape Dynamics

Chapter 5. Policy Framework for Ecological Conservation Prioritization of Ecological Sensitive Regions

Chapter 6. Modeling Landscape Dynamics


List of Abbreviations

Appendix 1: Glimpses of Uttara Kannada & Field Data Collection

Appendix 2: Field Investigation (Primary data collection), Vegetation Sampling, and Secondary data collection

Appendix 3: Land Use classes identification and Accuracy Assessment

Appendix 4: Forest Dwellers of Uttara Kannada


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