Landscape Legacies

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Appreciation of the persistent effects of historical events on ecosystem structure, composition, and function has grown in recent decades, and landscape legacies have now been documented in most ecosystems. The drivers of legacies include human land use and natural disturbances, with agriculture causing the strongest and the most enduring impacts. Recognition of historical legacies aides in interpreting contemporary ecosystem patterns and responses to modern landscape-change drivers, has led to the questioning of long-standing assumptions about trajectories of ecosystem recovery, and provides a basis for directing policy decisions pertaining to ecosystem management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780123847195
ISBN (Print)9780123847201
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Agriculture
  • Carbon
  • Deforestation
  • Disturbance
  • Land use
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus
  • Plant-community composition
  • Productivity
  • Recovery
  • Restoration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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