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Title: Calculating the configurational entropy of a landscape mosaic

Author: Cushman, Samuel A.;

Date: 2016

Source: Landscape Ecology. 31: 481-489.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

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Applications of entropy and the second law of thermodynamics in landscape ecology are rare and poorly developed. This is a fundamental limitation given the centrally important role the second law plays in all physical and biological processes. A critical first step to exploring the utility of thermodynamics in landscape ecology is to define the configurational entropy of a landscape mosaic. In this paper I attempt to link landscape ecology to the second law of thermodynamics and the entropy concept by showing how the configurational entropy of a landscape mosaic may be calculated.

Keywords: entropy, landscape, configuration, composition, thermodynamics

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Cushman, Samuel A. 2016. Calculating the configurational entropy of a landscape mosaic. Landscape Ecology. 31: 481-489.

 


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