On the Use of Maps and Models in Conservation and Resource Management (Warning: Results May Vary).
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Conservation planning and management typically require accurate and spatially explicit data at scales that are relevant for conservation objectives. In marine conservation, these data are often combined with spatial analytical techniques to produce marine habitat maps. While marine habitat mapping is increasingly used to inform conservation efforts, this ﬁeld is still relatively young and its methods are rapidly evolving. Because conservation efforts do not always specify standards or guidelines for the production of habitat maps, results can vary dramatically. As representations of real environmental characteristics, habitat maps are highly sensitive to how they are produced. In this review paper, I present four concepts that are known to cause variation in spatial representation and prediction of habitats: the methodology used, the quality and scale of the data, and the choice of variables in regards to ﬁtness for use. I then discuss the potential antinomy associated with the use of .....
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.a
Maturity LevelPilot or Demonstrated
CitationLecours, V. (2017) On the Use of Maps and Models in Conservation and Resource Management (Warning: Results May Vary). Frontiers in Marine Science, 4: 00288, 18pp. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2017.00288
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