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A Multispecies Assessment to Identify the Functional Connectivity of Amphibians in a Human-Dominated Landscape

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Agroscope, CH-8046 Zürich, Switzerland
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WSL Swiss Federal Research Institute, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(5), 287; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9050287
Received: 27 February 2020 / Revised: 15 April 2020 / Accepted: 22 April 2020 / Published: 28 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geospatial Advances in Landscape Ecology)
Preserving functional connectivity is a key goal of conservation management. However, the spatially confined conservation areas may not allow for dispersal and gene flow for the intended long-term persistence of populations in fragmented landscapes. We provide a regional multi-species assessment to quantify functional connectivity for five amphibian species in a human dominated landscape in the Swiss lowlands. A set of resistance maps were derived based on expert opinion and a sensitivity analysis was conducted to compare the effect of each resistance scenario on modelled connectivity. Deriving multi-species corridors is a robust way to identify movement hotspots that provide valuable baseline information to reinforce protective measures and green infrastructure. View Full-Text
Keywords: landscape resistance; landscape fragmentation; urbanization; movement; corridor; barrier landscape resistance; landscape fragmentation; urbanization; movement; corridor; barrier
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Churko, G.; Kienast, F.; Bolliger, J. A Multispecies Assessment to Identify the Functional Connectivity of Amphibians in a Human-Dominated Landscape. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 287.

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