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@Article{AssisCácePassAmar:2022:ScReLa,
                pages = "e103817",
           targetfile = "1-s2.0-S1146609X22000078-main.pdf",
             language = "en",
                 year = "2022",
               volume = "114",
                 issn = "1146-609X",
               author = "Assis, Tain{\'a} Oliveira and C{\'a}ceres, Nilton Carlos and 
                         Passamani, Marcelo and Amaral, Silvana",
                title = "Scale and representation of landscapes in mammal studies in 
                         Brazil",
                  doi = "10.1016/j.actao.2022.103817",
                  url = "http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actao.2022.103817",
             keywords = "Landscape ecology, Scale of effect, Heterogeneity, Granularity, 
                         Spatial resolution, Extent.",
          affiliation = "{Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE)} and 
                         {Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM)} and {Universidade 
                         Federal de Lavras (UFLA)} and {Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas 
                         Espaciais (INPE)}",
             abstract = "When studying landscapes, defining the scale implies gains and 
                         losses of information associated with the choices of resolution 
                         and extent needed to understand a given phenomenon. Whereas the 
                         local scale is able to provide a more accurate understanding of 
                         local dynamics, the global scale able to provide a broader 
                         understanding of regional dynamics, yet is more susceptible to 
                         suppressing certain localized elements. Is there a common approach 
                         to defining the scale and representation of landscapes when 
                         studying a specific group? Specifically, for mammalian landscape 
                         ecology studies in Brazil, what would this approach be? We carried 
                         out a literature review to examine how previous studies have 
                         addressed scale and landscape representations and discuss best 
                         practices based on Landscape Ecology concepts. We searched in 
                         Scopus and Scielo using the keywords: landscape, Brazil, and 
                         mammal in the titles, abstracts, and keywords sections. We 
                         analyzed every paper that was carried out at the landscape scale. 
                         From the 182 articles found and analyzed, only 24 of them 
                         justified why they had adopted the chosen scale. All 24 articles 
                         justified the spatial scale by explaining the spatial extent they 
                         had adopted, however, only three papers justified the adopted 
                         resolution. Moreover, among the 24 studies, only 13 covered 
                         heterogeneous landscapes. We found that the majority of landscape 
                         and mammal studies in Brazil do not justify their choice of scale 
                         and landscape representation. This can lead to misinterpretations 
                         and omissions about events, such as habitat movement, that are not 
                         noticeable in the chosen scale. The systematic directions 
                         presented here can serve as a guide to appropriate landscape scale 
                         and representation choices in future studies on landscape 
                         ecology.",
              journal = "Acta Oecologica",
        urlaccessdate = "2022, July 07"
}


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