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The quantification of landscape structures is an important part in many ecological analysis dealing with GIS derived satellite data. This paper introduces a new free and open-source tool for conducting landscape ecology analysis. LecoS is able to compute a variety of basic and advanced landscape metrics in an automatized way by iterating through an optional provided vector layer. It is integrated into the QGIS processing framework and can thus be used as a stand-alone tool or within bigger complex models. Finally a potential case-study is demonstrated, which tries to quantify pollinators responses on landscape derived metrics at various scales.
This version contains: A case study demonstrating the usage of this new introduced plugin; a new line to the abstract mentioning the case study; several new references