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Seasonal and temporal changes in species use of the landscape: how do they impact the inferences from multi-scale habitat modeling?
Research Areas
  • Ecology
Context Multi-scale approaches to habitat modeling have been shown to provide more accurate understanding and predictions of species-habitat associations. It remains however unexplored how spatial and temporal variations in habitat use may affect multiscale habitat modeling. Objectives We aimed at assessing how seasonal and temporal differences in species habitat use and distribution impact operational scales, variable influence, habitat suitability spatial patterns, and performance of multi-scale models. Methods We evaluated the environmental factors driving brown bear habitat relationships in the Cantabrian Range (Spain) based on species presence records (ground observations) for the period 2000?2010,LiDAR data on forest structure, and seasonal estimates of foraging resources. We separately developed multiscale habitatmodels for (i) each season (spring, summer, fall and winter) (ii) two sub-periods with different population status: 2000?2004 (with brown bear distribution restricted to the main population nuclei) and 2005?2010 (with expanding bear population and range); and (iii) the entire 2000?2010 period. Results Scales of effect remained considerably stable across seasonal and temporal variations, but not the influence of certain environmental variables. The predictive ability of multi-scale models was lower in the seasons or periods in which populations used larger areas and a broader variety of environmental conditions. Seasonal estimates of foraging resources, together with LiDAR data, appeared to improve the performance of multi-scale habitat models. Conclusions We highlight that the understanding of multi-scale behavioral responses of species to spatial patterns that continually shift over time may be essential to unravel habitat relationships and produce reliable estimates of species distributions.
Landscape Ecol
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  • Autor: Maria Cruz Mateo Sanchez (UPM)
  • Autor: Aitor Gaston Gonzalez (UPM)
  • Autor: Carlos Ciudad Trilla (UPM)
  • Autor: Juan Ignacio Garcia Viñas (UPM)
  • Autor: Jorge Cuevas (UPM)
  • Autor: Cesar Lopez Leiva (UPM)
  • Autor: Alfredo Fernandez Landa (UPM)
  • Autor: Nur Algeet-Abarquero
  • Autor: Miguel Marchamalo Sacristan (UPM)
  • Autor: Marie-Joseé Fortin (Univ Toronto)
  • Autor: Santiago Fulgencio Saura Martinez de Toda (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Hidrobiología
  • Grupo de Investigación: Ecología y Gestión Forestal Sostenible
  • Departamento: Sistemas y Recursos Naturales
  • Departamento: Ingeniería y Gestión Forestal y Ambiental
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