Connecting for conservation across Florida
Mapping habitat connectivity from readily available and understood data and prioritizing conservation of local wildlife corridors
Connectivity is key for long-term retention of biodiversity in the face of increasingly fragmented habitats and climate change, but identifying specific areas for connectivity conservation is complex. The Florida Circuit Model is based on land cover resistance to species' movement and maps both statewide and local connectivity. It uses new algorithms borrowed from electrical engineering to make more realistic assumptions about species' movement.
Major Findings & Impact
The model identifies remnant connections key to preserving the remaining links among habitat patches. It provides independent support for the geography of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, whose area includes a disproportionately high share of the pathways key for species' movement, and relatively little acreage where species' movement is blocked. Conservationists are using the model to identify locations in greatest need of protection and restoration.
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Data and Analysis Types
Model statewide Florida habitat connectivity using circuit theory, co-produce with conservation practitioners the materials to share and apply the model
Florida Wildlife Corridor, Statewide