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Optimization Model and Algorithm for the Design of Connected and Compact Conservation Reserves


Abstract Conservation planning is fundamental to guarantee the survival of endangered species and to preserve the ecological values of some ecosystems. Planning land acquisitions increasingly requires a landscape approach to mitigate the negative impacts of spatial threats such as urbanization, agricultural development, and climate change. In this context, landscape connectivity and compactness are vital characteristics for the effective functionality of conservation reserves. Connectivity allows species to travel across landscapes, facilitating the flow of genes across populations from different protected areas. Compactness measures the spatial dispersion of protected sites, which can be used to mitigate risk factors associated with species leaving... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Ravishankar, Shreyas (Author) / Sefair, Jorge A (Advisor) / Askin, Ronald (Committee member) / Maciejewski, Ross (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Industrial engineering / Operations research
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 34 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Industrial Engineering 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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