Wetland Landscape Characterization: Practical Tools, Methods, and Approaches for Landscape Ecology, Second Edition

Ricardo D. Lopez, John G. Lyon, Lynn K. Lyon, Debra K. Lopez

March 27, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 308 Pages - 110 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466503762 - CAT# K14489


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  • Brings together a toolbox of field- and lab-tested methods and approaches to help readers better understand and characterize wetlands
  • Includes basic, intermediate, and advanced techniques to address issues that practitioners encounter in their work
  • Contains a wealth of examples and case studies that provide ideas and lessons for readers’ own projects
  • Guides readers toward additional resources to solve more specific challenges
  • Includes more than 100 illustrations and a 16-page color insert


Wetlands are, by their very nature, ephemeral and transitional, which makes them challenging to characterize. Yet the need for characterizing wetlands continues to grow, particularly as we develop a better understanding of the wealth of ecosystem services that they provide. Wetland Landscape Characterization: Practical Tools, Methods, and Approaches for Landscape Ecology, Second Edition shows how wetland characterization tools, methods, and approaches can be integrated to more effectively address twenty-first-century wetland issues.

A Practical Toolbox for Integrated Wetland Landscape Characterization

The book explains how to locate, identify, and map the extent of wetlands to learn more about their importance to society and the larger landscape. It examines jurisdictional, regulatory, and practical applications from the scientific, engineering, and lay perspectives. Fully updated, the second edition reflects an emerging infrastructural, ecosystem goods-and-services perspective to better assist readers who may encounter these concepts and challenges as they assess and characterize wetlands. Examples and case studies illustrate a variety of situations and solutions, highlighting the use of current techniques to assess, inventory, and monitor natural resources under changing conditions. These examples offer lessons and ideas for the issues encountered every day by wetland landscape ecology practitioners. The book also refers readers to additional resources to help them solve specific challenges.

New in This Edition

  • Updates of practical geospatial methods
  • More project-driven examples
  • A description of the pitfalls of using ecological data at landscape scales, along with solutions
  • Alternative techniques for a variety of practitioners
  • Linkages between field and landscape ecological practices
  • Online resources for practitioners
  • New illustrations

This book helps readers develop the concepts, skills, and understanding of how to best achieve project goals in the rapidly changing disciplines of landscape science and wetland ecology and management. A valuable resource, it provides practical tools, methods, and approaches for conceptualizing, designing, and implementing broad-scale wetland projects that take into account critical societal linkages.