Usefulness of Spatially Explicit Population Models in Land Management

Abstract

Land managers need new tools, such as spatial models, to aid them in their decision-making processes because managing for biodiversity, water quality, or natural disturbance is challenging, and landscapes are complex and dynamic. Spatially explicit population models are helpful to managers because these models consider both specieshabitat relationships and the arrangement of habitats in space and time. The visualizations that typically accompany spatially explicit models also permit managers to “see” the effects of alternative management strategies on populations of interest. However, the expense entailed in developing the data bases required for spatially explicit models may limit widespread implementation. In addition, many of the models are developed for one or a few species, and dealing with multiple species in a landscape remains a significant challenge. To be most useful to land managers. spatially explicit population models should be user friendly, easily portable, operate on spatial and temporal scales appropriate to management decisions, and use input and output variables that can be measured affordably.

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@inproceedings{Turner1999UsefulnessOS, title={Usefulness of Spatially Explicit Population Models in Land Management}, author={Michael O. Turner and Greg J. Arthaud and Sallie J. Hejl and Jianguo Liu and S. Loeb and Kevin S. McKelvey}, year={1999} }