Landscape fluidity - a unifying perspective for understanding and adapting to global change

Publikation: Beiträge in ZeitschriftenÜbersichtsarbeitenForschung


  • Adrian D. Manning
  • J. Fischer
  • Anika M. Felton
  • Barry Newell
  • W. Steffen
  • D. B. Lindenmayer
Rapid, human-induced global change presents major challenges to researchers, policy-makers and land managers. Addressing these challenges requires an appreciation of the dynamics of ecological systems. Here, we propose 'landscape fluidity' as a perspective and research agenda from which to consider landscapes in the process of changing rapidly through both time and space. We define landscape fluidity as the ebb and flow of different organisms within a landscape through time. A range of existing ideas, themes and practical approaches are relevant to landscape fluidity, and we use a case study of scattered tree landscapes in south-eastern Australia to illustrate the benefits of a landscape fluidity perspective. We suggest that a focus on landscape fluidity can bring a renewed emphasis on change in landscapes and so help unify a range of currently separate research themes in biogeography, ecology, palaeoecology and conservation biology.
ZeitschriftJournal of Biogeography
Seiten (von - bis)193-199
Anzahl der Seiten7
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 02.2009
Extern publiziertJa


  • Biologie - adaptive capacity, Australia, biological legacies, climate change, conservation science, landscape dynamics, novel ecosystems, palaeoecology, range shifts, resilience
  • Umweltplanung, Landschaftsentwicklung