OpenNESS Glossary beginning with L
- Land Cover
The physical coverage of land, usually expressed in terms of vegetation cover or lack of it. Related to, but not synonymous with, land use.
- Land Use
The human use of a piece of land for a certain purpose such as irrigated agriculture or recreation. Influenced by, but not synonymous with, land cover.
*A heterogeneous mosaic of land cover, habitat patches, physical conditions or other spatially variable elements viewed at scales relevant to ecological, cultural-historical, social or economic considerations.
(Regulatory) Regulatory limits refer to points in some variable or state which should not be exceeded or underrun (like in regulations of nitrate or pesticides levels in drinking water). While ecological thresholds (see threshold, ecological) are largely descriptive, regulatory limits involve societal choices and negotiation of values and aims.