Table 1

Hierarchies of site information for analyses of functional landscapes
Factor    Attribute    Physical property
Is the abiotic system altered? Geology* 1. Consolidation
2. Origin
3. Mineralogy
4. Texture
a. Landform class
b. Landform pattern
1.Form c. Landform element
d. Quantitative attributes i. Relief
ii. Slope
Landscape iii. Texture
a. Surface i. Erosion
i. Deposition
2. Function a. Profile i. pH
i. EC
i. nutrient status
ii. water status
Is the biotic system altered? a. Height
1. Structure b. Cover
c. Biomass
Vegetation a. Species richness
2. Composition b. Diversity
c. Structural class
3. Condition
Soil biota 1. Abundance
2. Diversity
1. Abundance
Fauna 2. Diversity

Note: *Geology and biochemistry of the parent material including, e.g., tailings and spoils. From Doley et al. (2012); adapted from Tongway and Ludwig (2011).

Doley and Audet

Doley and Audet Ecological Processes 2013 2:22   doi:10.1186/2192-1709-2-22

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