Friday, April 20, 2007

Designing spatially-explicit reserve networks in the presence of mandatory sites

Diogo Alagador
(ISA and Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid)

Abstract: In the selection of reserve networks there are special sites whose ecologic, strategic or morphologic values dictate their inclusion. The existence of regional rare or endemic species is one among other reasons that often determines the existence of such mandatory sites. Moreover, quite often these mandatory sites are located far apart. Although several methods have been proposed to accommodate structural connectivity in reserve selection, they were not devised to deal specifically with such mandatory sites. Hence specific methods to select ecological reserves when mandatory sites exist are needed. Here we discuss and propose a 0-1 linear programming model to deal with this issue. The model was applied in two data sets of forest breeding birds and butterflies. Its solutions and computational performances are discussed.

Friday, April 20, 2007
Time: 14h30
Room: Sala Santander, Edificio Quelhas, ISEG