Determining the regional context for landscape planning

Gerald Young, Frederick Steiner, Kenneth Brooks, Kenneth Struckmeyer

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To be successful, landscape planners must understand the nature and characteristics of the regions in which they work. Various definitions of regions are reviewed. Regional structure and complexity are compared. Theoretical techniques in human ecology are presented as a framework to integrate regional processes. Watersheds are identified as a useful, common unit of spatial organization delimiting regions. Several hierarchical systems for classifying components of regions are discussed, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's system for classification of wetlands and deepwater habitats, the U.S. Geological Survey's system for classifying land use and land cover, and environmentally sensitive areas of classification. Bivariate relationships and layer-cake simulation models are identified as two means used to establish interrelationships between the structural components or phenomena of regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-296
Number of pages28
JournalLandscape Planning
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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