Modeling Biodiversity and Landscape Conservation Planning (Second Edition)

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Land, Biodiversity, and Human Wellbeing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2024 | Viewed by 95

Special Issue Editors

1. Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
2. Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Interests: landscape ecology; landscape conservation planning; spatial analysis; sustainable development; biodiversity
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Dear Colleagues,

Loss of biodiversity is one of the most serious environmental issues facing the planet. Many researchers are turning to model-based approaches to better predict the ecological effects of habitat fragmentation, climate change, and anthropogenic impacts, aiming to identify conservation strategies that are more effective at preserving biodiversity. Models play a crucial role in biodiversity and landscape conservation planning, areas where various computer programs can be utilized to create models for the issues of biodiversity and connectivity facing these habitats. Once these models have been created, they can be used to evaluate alternative landscape management techniques, spatial conservation prioritization, and future scenario planning in terms of their impact on biodiversity preservation.

Increasingly, conservation strategies and policies for multi-use landscapes are being developed at the intersection of science and policy. There exists a gap between social research and the comprehension of the complexities of actor, stakeholder, and policy participation in landscape planning. In light of these knowledge gaps and the value of geodesign methods and technology for facilitating strategic planning, the use of spatially explicit design scenarios to strengthen the link between environmental dynamics and territorial systems is ripe for investigation. Research articles may discuss a variety of topics related to the integration of biodiversity and conservation planning, such as:

  • metrics/methods for quantifying biodiversity;
  • mapping biodiversity using remote sensing and GIS;
  • numerical models for biodiversity;
  • connectivity models and approaches;
  • spatial conservation prioritization;
  • landscape conservation planning and geodesign;
  • examining alternative future scenarios;
  • social network analysis;
  • participatory geographic information systems;
  • agent-based modeling of environmental policies;
  • evaluation of community-based conservation and payments for ecosystem services.

Dr. Eve Bohnett
Dr. Eben N. Broadbent
Guest Editors

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  • biodiversity
  • conservation planning
  • geodesign
  • modeling
  • spatial ecology
  • spatial conservation prioritization
  • landscape architecture
  • alternative futures

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