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2.5D Morphogenesis: Modeling Landuse and Landcover Dynamics in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Citation

Messina, Joseph P. & Walsh, Stephen J. (2001). 2.5D Morphogenesis: Modeling Landuse and Landcover Dynamics in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Plant Ecology, 156(1), 75-88.

Abstract

The Ecuadorian Amazon, lying in the headwaters of the Napo and Aguarico River valleys, is experiencing rapid change in Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) conditions and regional landscape diversity uniquely tied to the spontaneous agricultural colonization of the Oriente region of northeastern Ecuador beginning in the mid to late 1970s. Spontaneous colonization occurred on squattered lands located adjacent to oil company roads and in government development sectors composed of multiple 50 ha land parcels organized into `piano key' shaped family farms or fincas. Portions of these fincas were deforested for agricultural extensification depending upon the age of the finca and several site and situation factors. Because fincas are managed at the household level as spatially discrete, temporally independent units, land conversion at the finca-level is recognized as the chief proximate cause of deforestation within the region.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1011901023485

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Plant Ecology

Author(s)

Messina, Joseph P.
Walsh, Stephen J.

Year Published

2001

Volume Number

156

Issue Number

1

Pages

75-88

Reference ID

1946