EVALUATING THE LANDSCAPE HEALTH BY ANALYZING THE STRUCTURE OF THE VEGETATIONS
From the viewpoint of the healthy landscape, the evaluation of the landscapes is not merely from the perspective of scenic beauty. Vegetation structure is an important indicator in measuring the "health" level of an environment. A healthy landscape carries the features of "diversity", which includes diversity of the vegetation structure, species, and land-use. Many studies have depicted the diversity of the species and relied on the vegetation diversity, which is also related to land-use diversity (Javier et al., 2004). Therefore, the vegetation and land-use structure is an adequate indicator of evaluating landscape health. Three major conclusions could be drawn from this study: (1) The more abundant hedgerow landscape exists, the more the avian diversity is; (2) The more clustered water body landscape exists, the more the avian diversity is; and (3) Partial artificial disturbance could increase an areas landscape heterogeneity and hence diversity is higher than that of undisturbed areas.
Wei-Ming Huang, , Sheng-Jung Ou, and Chun-Yen Chang, (2007). EVALUATING THE LANDSCAPE HEALTH BY ANALYZING THE STRUCTURE OF THE VEGETATIONS. Acta Hortic. 762, 347-356
healthy landscape, vegetation structure, land-use, diversity