Spatial Conservation Prioritization: Quantitative Methods and Computational Tools

Paperback | June 15, 2009

EditorAtte Moilanen, Kerrie A. Wilson, Hugh Possingham

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Habitat loss and deterioration, climate change, and economic pressures for resource extraction have all led to a global loss of biodiversity. The limited resources available for conservation need to be used both effectively and efficiently in order to minimise further losses. Spatialconservation prioritization addresses the question of how we should allocate conservation effort and funds in space and time. While the benefits of quantitative conservation prioritization methods have been widely promoted, adoption of these methods in "real-world" planning and implementation isstill in its infancy, partly due to the difficulty of identifying which methods and tools (if any) are suited to specific planning problems.Spatial Conservation Prioritization brings together a team of leading scientists to introduce the conceptual and methodological aspects of how to undertake spatial conservation planning in a quantitative manner. It provides the reader with information on when, why, and how to use which statisticaland computational methods for conservation prioritization. Important topics underlying spatial prioritization including metapopulation modelling, population viability analysis modelling, species distribution modelling, and uncertainty analysis are discussed, as well as operational definitions andmethods. The book includes chapters on the most widely used and latest software, and concludes with an insight into the future of the field.

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Habitat loss and deterioration, climate change, and economic pressures for resource extraction have all led to a global loss of biodiversity. The limited resources available for conservation need to be used both effectively and efficiently in order to minimise further losses. Spatialconservation prioritization addresses the question of...

Atte Moilanen has a background in computer science (MSc 1992), applied mathematics (Licentiate of Technology, Helsinki University of Technology 1998), and spatial ecology (PhD, University Helsinki 1999). Presently (2003-2008) he is a research fellow of the Academy of Finland and vice-director of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Met...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.03 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Simon Ferrier and Brendan A. Wintle: Quantitative Approaches to Spatial Conservation Prioritization: Matching the Solution to the Need2. Kerrie A. Wilson, Mar Cabeza and Carissa J. Klein: Fundamental Concepts of Spatial Conservation Prioritization3. Atte Moilanen, Hugh P. Possingham and Stephen Polasky: A Mathematical Classification of Conservation Prioritization Problems4. Robert G. Haight and Stephanie A. Snyder: Integer Programming Methods for Reserve Selection and Design5. Atte Moilanen and Ian Ball: Heuristic and Approximate Optimization Methods for Spatial Conservation Prioritization6. Jane Elith and John Leathwick: Conservation Prioritization Using Species Distribution Modelling7. Simon Ferrier, Daniel P. Faith, Anni Arponen, and Michael Drielsma: Community-level Approaches to Spatial Conservation Prioritization8. Emily Nicholson and Otso Ovaskainen: Conservation Prioritization Using Metapopulation Models9. Michael A. McCarthy: Spatial Population Viability Analysis10. Hugh P. Possingham, Atte Moilanen and Kerrie A. Wilson: Accounting for Habitat Dynamics in Conservation Planning11. Helen M. Regan, Michelle Ensbey and Mark A. Burgman: Conservation Prioritization and Uncertainty in Planning Inputs12. Reed Noss, Scott Nielsen and Ken Vance-Borland: Prioritizing Ecosystems, Species, and Sites for Restoration13. Miguel B. Araujo: Climate Change and Spatial Conservation Planning14. Ian R. Ball, Hugh P. Possingham and Matthew E. Watts: Marxan and Relatives: Software for Spatial Conservation Prioritization15. Atte Moilanen, Heini Kujala and John R. Leathwick: The Zonation Framework and Software for Conservation Prioritization16. Robert L. Pressey, Matthew E. Watts, Thomas W. Barrett and Malcolm J. Ridges: The C-Plan Conservation Planning System: Origins, Applications and Possible Futures17. Sahotra Sarkar, Trevon Fuller, Anshu Aggarwal, Alexander Moffett and Christopher D. Kelley: The ConsNet Software Platform for Systematic Conservation Planning18. Andrew T. Knight, Richard M. Cowling, Hugh P. Possingham and Kerrie A. Wilson: From Theory to Practice: Designing and Situating Spatial Prioritization Approaches to Better Implement Conservation Action19. Atte Moilanen, Hugh P. Possingham and Kerrie A. Wilson: Spatial Conservation Prioritization: Past, Present, and FutureReferencesIndex