|Jentsch, A; Steinbauer, M; Alt, M; Retzer, V; Buhk, C; Beierkuhnlein, C: A systematic approach to relate plant-species diversity to land use diversity across landscapes, Landscape and Urban Planning, 107(3), 236-244 (2012)|
Land use change is a major driver of biodiversity patterns, therefore conservation management in cultivated landscapes should seek to optimize land use diversity. Especially under changing environmental conditions there is an increasing need of identifying management options for preserving biodiversity. However, the design of historical data sets is often inappropriate for detecting biodiversity responses to ongoing rapid changes. Here, we present an approach to quantify plant species diversity and relate it to land use diversity.
Data mining took place at the landscape scale in two mountainous regions of Central Europe, differing in natural and cultural history. Within these landscapes a representative systematic rectangular grid (7 x 7 plots of 1 ha) was sampled. At each plot polygons of uniform land use were mapped and presence-absence data of plant species were recorded.