PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2004, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (2): 97-106.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2004.02.012

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Progress in Research on Ecological Impact of Urban Landscape Structure

SONG Zhiqing, WANG Yanglin   

  1. College of Environmental Sciences, PKU, Beijing 100871
  • Received:2003-12-01 Revised:2004-01-01 Online:2004-03-25 Published:2004-03-25


As human society being rapidly urbanized, the future of most landscapes is increasingly being determined by human activities. These activities modify existing landscape patterns and processes either deliberately or inadvertently. It is becoming increasingly apparent that an understanding of these landscape level patterns and processes is essential for rational land use planning and management as well as for production and biodiversity conservation. This paper aims at introducing the progress in research on ecological impact of urban landscape structure through the best available and current literatures, foreign and domestic. According to those studies, ecosystems are impacted by the urban landscape in two aspects: landscape pattern and landuse/landcover. Based on the overview of recent studies, it can be argued that, to get a high-quality urban life and to improve natural environments, the distributions of landscape pattern are required to be integrated with its functions.

Key words: ecological impact, landscape pattern, landuse/landcover, urban landscape