What Makes a Location into a "favorable Habitat" under Changing Climate and Environmental Conditions? A Pilot Study Focused on Exploring the Differences between Natural and Non-natural Habitats using Airborne LiDAR

M. Mohan, G. P. Catts, B. Vaughan, J. P. Roise, C. A. Silva, J. B. McCarter, P. Jat, W. S. Wan Mohd Jaafar, G. Gopan, Khairul Nizam Abdul Maulud

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Recovery plans supported by conservation models are critical for the protection of endangered species. For developing these models, parameters are most commonly extracted via field survey or remote sensing based methods. However, at times, these models get narrowed down to specific habitat features associated with naturally occurring ecosystems, and thereby fail to detect suitable non-natural habitats that the animals have gotten adapted to in recent years - as a survival mechanism to cope up with the dynamic climate and environmental conditions. As a first step to address this issue, we considered the case of Red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) species and undertook a pilot study to explore the characteristics of non-natural locations that make it favorable for RCW nesting. On exploring the differences in habitat characteristics of natural and non-natural ecosystems - by employing airborne laser scanning data and logistic regression analysis method - we identified new prominent forest attributes and their variations for each habitat types. Based on our findings, we provide fruitful interpretations, recommendations and encourage discussions on less-studied conservation aspects and hope to stretch the horizons of ongoing biodiversity conservation efforts in the wake of global environmental change.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012018
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Volume228
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2019
Event3rd International Conference on Science and Technology Applications in Climate Change, STACLIM 2018 - Ayer Keroh. Malacca, Malaysia
Duration: 13 Nov 201815 Nov 2018

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What Makes a Location into a "favorable Habitat" under Changing Climate and Environmental Conditions? A Pilot Study Focused on Exploring the Differences between Natural and Non-natural Habitats using Airborne LiDAR. / Mohan, M.; Catts, G. P.; Vaughan, B.; Roise, J. P.; Silva, C. A.; McCarter, J. B.; Jat, P.; Wan Mohd Jaafar, W. S.; Gopan, G.; Abdul Maulud, Khairul Nizam.

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Vol. 228, No. 1, 012018, 15.02.2019.

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