Environmental Modeling & Assessment

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 139–151

Apples, Oranges, and Probabilities: Integrating Multiple Factors into Biodiversity Conservation with Consistency


  • Paul H. Williams
    • Biogeography & Conservation LabThe Natural History Museum
  • Miguel B. Araújo
    • Biogeography & Conservation LabThe Natural History Museum

DOI: 10.1023/A:1015657917928

Cite this article as:
Williams, P.H. & Araújo, M.B. Environmental Modeling & Assessment (2002) 7: 139. doi:10.1023/A:1015657917928


We explore the problem of integrating some of the many factors involved in conservation planning by focusing on their effects on a common currency of conservation success, the probability of persistence. This approach has the potential to reduce many of the difficulties inherent in combining different pattern and process factors. For handling information expressed as probabilities, five area-selection methods are compared.

biodiversityprobability of persistenceefficiencyarea-selection methods

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