3DLM – 3D Landscape metrics


The goal of this working group (WG -3DL) is to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration in 3-D landscape metrics development and application and to bring particularly together researchers in landscape ecology, wildlife ecology, regional planning and impact assessment as well as mathematics and informatics.




Landscape metrics are related to the patch-corridor-matrix model, which conceptualizes landscapes as two-dimensional mosaics consisting of discrete patches. Despite its universality, the patch-corridor-matrix model has some important limitations, as, for instance, its planimetric character provokes information losses by neglecting the third dimension of the terrain. Previous studies addressed this issue, by pointing out that the existing set of metrics could be extended by adding attributes related to topography such as height, slope or aspect to address ecological processes dependent from horizontal and lateral fluxes of water, energy and matter in more detail. We intend to develop approaches for 3-D landscape metrics and cooperate on their test and implementation. We envision organizing a series of workshops and cooperate on publications that demonstrate the usability and added-value of 3-D metrics in landscape ecology.




Upcoming Activities:

A Symposium has been organized for the IALE-Europe (12-15 September 2017, Ghent, Belgium):  3D Landscapes. Metrics, techniques and applications 

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Application areas
We concentrate on the following application areas:


    a. Implementation through assessing 3-D landscape representations by our suggested indicators (3-D representation means to include vertical structures determined by topography and land cover such as vegetation cover, buildings, etc.).


    b. Identification of potential future habitats and migration routes of flagship species; this addresses the question how such species select their current or potential habitats, how they will move and widen their areas in the future and where potential conflicts with human uses (example wolf, lynx and bear) will arise and how these could be solved through changing the 3-D shape of landscapes


    c. Support of regional planning and development processes regarding landscape design for maintaining / increasing the aesthetical value (preferential sites for wind parks and other aesthetically relevant infrastructures)




Suggested Goals and Activities


    a. Organize periodic meetings of the working group


    b. Develop and test suitable tools / software applications


    c. Enhance collaboration with landscape ecologists working in related topics (e.g. landscape genetics).


    d. Increase visibility of this research topic among scientists working in related fields as well as potential beneficiaries such as planners or other categories of Stakeholders.



    1 Mihai Stupariu confirmed
    2 Ileana Stupariu confirmed
    3 Felix Kienast confirmed
    4 Christine Fürst confirmed
    5 Susanne Frank confirmed
    6 Malgorzata Grodzinska-Jurzak confirmed
    7 Marcin Rechcinski confirmed
    8 Kalev Sepp confirmed
    9 MiguelVilloslada Pecina confirmed
    10  Urmas Peterson confirmed
    11  Ulrich Walz confirmed
    12  Ralf Sybre confirmed
    13  Piotr Tyrianowski invited
    14  Ulo Mander invited
    15  Giovanni Sanesi invited
    16  Raffaele Lafortezza invited
    17  Elilio Diaz invited
    18 Jose Roces Diaz invited
    19 Pedro Alvarez Alvarez invited



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