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A landscape index of ecological integrity to inform landscape conservation


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2018-06-08 04:00:00


Kevin McGarigal(Author), 2018-06-08(Publication), A landscape index of ecological integrity to inform landscape conservation


AbstractContext Conservation planning is increasingly using ‘‘coarse filters’’ based on the idea of conserving ‘‘nature’s stage’’. One such approach is based on ecosystems and the concept of ecological integrity, although myriad ways exist to measure ecological integrity.Objectives To describe our ecosystem-based index of ecological integrity (IEI) and its derivative index of ecological impact (ecoImpact), and illustrate their applications for conservation assessment and planning in the northeastern United States.Methods We characterized the biophysical setting of the landscape at the 30 m cell resolution using a parsimonious suite of settings variables. Based on these settings variables and mapped ecosystems, we computed a suite of [...]


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DOI DOI 10.1007/s10980-018-0653-9

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noteKevin McGarigal, Bradley W. Compton, Ethan B. Plunkett, William V. DeLuca, Joanna Grand, Eduard Ene and Scott D. Jackson. 2018. A landscape index of ecological integrity to inform landscape conservation. Landscape Ecology, DOI 10.1007/s10980-018-0653-9.

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