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Memorias de investigación
Key connectors in forest landscape networks: how can they be identified and when are they really important?
Research Areas
  • Forest
The rapid development of quantitative methods in landscape ecology has resulted in a myriad of metrics for analyzing forest spatial patterns. However, many of these metrics, despite being intuitively appealing, may present important limitations that do not make them fully adequate for decision-making in forest planning or for the assessment of changes in structural or functional connectivity. We describe recent developments for analyzing connectivity in landscape networks that are particularly suited for the identifi cation of connecting elements in the forest landscape and for the evaluation of their relative importance for upholding connectivity. We discuss when these connecting elements are really a key issue for the conservation of forest species. We show how these developments help to place connectivity in a broader context of conservation alternatives, providing a unifying analytical framework that avoids the arbitrary weighting of connectivity considerations in the fi nal planning. We describe the main functionalities of the Conefor Sensinode software (http://www.conefor.org) and other related and freely available tools, and show how they provide complementary capabilities that can be integrated in a single analysis with considerable synergies. Finally, we present examples of application of these developments in forest planning and change monitoring in different parts of the world.
1465 5489
Entity Nationality
Sin nacionalidad
Seúl (Corea)
  • Autor: Santiago Fulgencio Saura Martinez de Toda (UPM)
  • Autor: Sandra Blazquez Cabrera (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Economía y Sostenibilidad del Medio Natural
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