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Heino, J., Toivanen, M., & Alahuhta, J. (2023). Deciphering land-use influences on boreal lakes to guide landscape planning. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 4, e12242.

Deciphering land-use influences on boreal lakes to guide landscape planning

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Author: Heino, Jani1; Toivanen, Maija1; Alahuhta, Janne1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-06-08


1. Changes in natural land cover have been pronounced in the last 12,000 years, and land use has intensified in the last century owing to anthropogenic pressures on landscapes. This trend has led to concomitant changes in the abiotic templates and biotic communities of different ecosystems embedded in a landscape.

2. Deciphering the role of land use is key to understand ecological change in boreal landscapes. These landscapes are characterized by large numbers of lakes that have been affected by various anthropogenic factors, of which land use has considerable direct and indirect effects on lakes.

3. In this review, we focus on land use impacts on boreal lakes in a historical perspective. We will consider lake features related to abiotic conditions, biological communities and ecosystem services, and provide potential solutions for planning lake management and conservation in a landscape setting. More specifically, we propose a novel way to characterize lake abiotic, biotic and ecosystem service features by applying the alpha, beta and gamma concept used widely in ecological research.

4. Finally, we highlight situations where this approach could be a valuable addition to existing means to identify lakes that should be reserved for ecosystem services (‘lake-sharing’) and those that are vital for protecting aquatic biodiversity (‘lake-sparing’).

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Series: Ecological solutions and evidence
ISSN: 2688-8319
ISSN-E: 2688-8319
ISSN-L: 2688-8319
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Article number: e12242
DOI: 10.1002/2688-8319.12242
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
1172 Environmental sciences
1171 Geosciences
Funding: Academy of Finland
Copyright information: © 2023 The Authors. Ecological Solutions and Evidence published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Ecological Society. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.