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1 January 2011 Completing an Ecosystem Classification System for Nova Scotia
Robert P. Cameron, David Williams
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Ecosystem classification systems (ECS) are a useful tool for conservation planning, particularly protected areas planning. Nova Scotia Protected Areas Branch has completed a geographical information system based ecosystem classification system for the province. The classification system integrates aspects of existing forestry based classification system and national vegetation classification system. Principles of landscape pattern have been incorporated into the system: (1) use hierarchical system; (2) include both abiotic and biotic factors; (3) use more abiotic factors at coarser spatial scales and more biotic factors at finer spatial scales; and (4) use vegetation only at the finest scale. The ECS builds on previous work, allows for integration of existing landscape classification systems, and establishes methods that can be applied for a variety of landscape planning issues in other regions.

Robert P. Cameron and David Williams "Completing an Ecosystem Classification System for Nova Scotia," Natural Areas Journal 31(1), 92-96, (1 January 2011).
Published: 1 January 2011
ecosystem classification system
Nova Scotia
protected areas planning
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