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Contribution of Connectivity Assessments to Green Infrastructure (GI)

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Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
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Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706, USA
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(4), 212; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9040212
Received: 30 January 2020 / Revised: 13 March 2020 / Accepted: 26 March 2020 / Published: 30 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geospatial Advances in Landscape Ecology)
A major goal of green infrastructure (GI) is to provide functional networks of habitats and ecosystems to maintain biodiversity long-term, while at the same time optimizing landscape and ecosystem functions and services to meet human needs. Traditionally, connectivity studies are informed by movement ecology with species-specific attributes of the type and timing of movement (e.g., dispersal, foraging, mating) and movement distances, while spatial environmental data help delineate movement pathways across landscapes. To date, a range of methods and approaches are available that (a) are relevant across any organism and movement type independent of time and space scales, (b) are ready-to-use as standalone freeware or custom GIS implementation, and (c) produce appealing visual outputs that facilitate communication with land managers. However, to enhance the robustness of connectivity assessments and ensure that current trends in connectivity modeling contribute to GI with their full potential, common denominators on which to ground planning and design strategies are required. Likewise, comparable, repeatable connectivity assessments will be needed to put results of these scientific tools into practice for multi-functional GI plans and implementation. In this paper, we discuss use and limitations of state-of-the-art connectivity methods in contributing to GI implementation. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecological network; corridor; barrier; movement ecology; cost surface; model evaluation ecological network; corridor; barrier; movement ecology; cost surface; model evaluation
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Bolliger, J.; Silbernagel, J. Contribution of Connectivity Assessments to Green Infrastructure (GI). ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 212.

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