Mathematical methods for spatially cohesive reserve design

  title={Mathematical methods for spatially cohesive reserve design},
  author={Mark D. McDonnell and Hugh P. Possingham and Ian R. Ball and Elizabeth Cousins},
The problem of designing spatially cohesive nature reserve systems that meet biodiversity objectives is formulated as a nonlinear integer programming problem. The multiobjective function minimises a combination of boundary length, area and failed representation of the biological attributes we are trying to conserve. The task is to reserve a subset of sites that best meet this objective. We use data on the distribution of habitats in the Northern Territory, Australia, to show how simulated… CONTINUE READING


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