Landscape ecology is the study of variation within and among landscapes at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. It seeks to understand the biophysical and societal causes and consequences of landscape heterogeneity. Above all, it is interdisciplinary.
The conceptual and theoretical core of landscape ecology links natural and social sciences. Landscape ecology has several additional core themes:
Throughout the world, landscapes are being altered more rapidly, more extensively, and more profoundly than at any point in human history. Landscape ecology provides locally important and policy relevant information about landscape change. Landscape ecologists serve as a critical link between theory and action: We provide information about risks for decision makers, improve the applicability and accuracy of planning tools, integrate uncertainty into forecasting. Landscape ecology has contributed to sound planning with foresight: Forest management for rare species, conservation design, comprehensive land use planning, and sound land use policy are just a few of the many examples.
Our Mission Statement
The International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) promotes landscape ecology as the scientific basis for the analysis, planning, and management of the landscapes across the world.
IALE advances international co-operation through scientific, scholarly, educational and communication activities.
IALE encourages landscape ecologists to transcend boundaries and disciplines, to collaboratively build theory and develop knowledge of landscape pattern and process, to develop integrative tools and apply them to real landscape situations, and to apply our science towards solving problems.
IALE envisions a future characterized by:
How does IALE work?
The International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE-World: the parent organization) is a world-wide organization of landscape ecologists. IALE-World facilitates discussion and stimulates interaction across our many chapters. We strive to facilitate collaborations among landscape ecologists around the world. To achieve its aims, IALE-World activities include: