, Volume 11, Issue 12, pp 2085-2092

Regression models for spatial prediction: their role for biodiversity and conservation

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Abstract

This paper is an introduction to a Special Issue on ‘regression models for spatial predictions’ published in Biodiversity and Conservation following an international workshop held in Switzerland in 2001 (http://leba.unige.ch/workshop). This introduction describes how the exponential growth in computing power has improved our ability to reach spatially explicit assessment of biodiversity and to develop cost-effective conservation management. New questions arising from these modern approaches are listed, while papers presenting examples of applications are briefly introduced.