Three objectives of historical ecology: the case of litter collecting in Central European forests

@article{Brgi2007ThreeOO,
  title={Three objectives of historical ecology: the case of litter collecting in Central European forests},
  author={Matthias B{\"u}rgi and Urs Gimmi},
  journal={Landscape Ecology},
  year={2007},
  volume={22},
  pages={77-87}
}
Most ecosystems and landscapes worldwide are dominated or influenced by human impacts. Consequently, studies of pattern and processes of and within anthropogenic ecosystems and cultural landscapes have to consider human impacts and their historical development adequately. Three major objectives of historical ecology, i.e., the study of human impacts on ecosystems and landscapes over time, can be distinguished: (a) preserving cultural heritage in ecosystems and landscapes, (b) understanding… Expand

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