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Using Habitat Quality and Diversity Measures to Assess Conservation Priorities for Sites in the Ukrainian Carpathians

  • Alex MkrtchianEmail author
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Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)

Abstract

The chapter investigates the possibilities and advantages of using habitat quality and diversity measures in the design of ecological networks in the Ukrainian Carpathians. It was shown that habitat diversity could be indicated by the measures of topographic variance. The latter correlate well with some characteristics connected with ecological as well as socioeconomic factors determining land suitability for conservation. The received measure of topographic variation correlates significantly with the abundance of rare and endangered plant species entered into the Ukrainian Red Book. The correlation of this abundance with the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) values is not as pronounced and is highly dependent on local conditions. An attempt was made to arrive at an integral measure of the appropriateness for assigning protected status, using easily obtained remote sensing and elevation data.

Keywords

Normalize Difference Vegetation Index Protected Status Ecological Network Universal Transverse Mercator Protected Area Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ivan Franko National University of LvivLvivUkraine

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