Summary, Conclusions, and Future Work
This chapter presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in this book. The book develops improved landscape ecology metrics that are predictable or independent of characteristic variation in remote sensing data, specifically spatial resolution, and most sensitive to actual changes in landscape pattern. It also develops landscape metrics sensitive to changes in fragmentation and patch shape complexity along predictable gradients of change. The book then develops landscape metrics that were insensitive to or predictable with changes in spatial resolution. As environmental problems increase, it is critical that geographers and landscape ecologists come together and focus on the conduct of an array of research related to these fields. Perhaps the most important lesson to be learned from the landscape research is that landscape ecology, remote sensing, and geographic information science each have important aspects that are necessary and can contribute to the development of better ways to model, monitor, and assess ecosystems.