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Landscape ecology includes those methods of describing physical environment in ways which indicate how the environment may be utilized for agriculture, forestry, residential or other purposes. In this sense it differs from land evaluation which relates use to a specific purpose. Therefore, according to Vink in 1983, a major task of landscape ecology is to describe and characterize landscape according to relationships between the biosphere and the anthroposphere, and in more detail it has been defined by Kupfer in 1995 as:
… the study of how spatial scale and heterogeneity affect ecological processes. Landscape ecological principles are drawn from a diverse array of disciplines and fields, including physical and human geography, biology, geology, forestry, wildlife management, landscape architecture and planning … The central ...