a low S value, and a low (but still measureable) C value to represent the commercial use of the agricultural region (Figure 5.2c). This conceptualization is a worldview that recognizes humans as an integral part of ecological systems and, as such, they need to obey the thermodynamic constraints that limit capacity to provide services. Such a perspective also recognizes that biodiversity and its attendant services are integral parts of a land system.

This reconceptualization of land allows for a landscape mosaic that has stronger localized resource and energy interconnections than our current single-use discrete classification system. The landscape mosaic idea also suggests that one could focus on the functions of the land within each spatial unit of analysis (e.g., food production, biodiversity, carbon storage) and move away from accounting based on area devoted to different single uses.

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