Mathematical problem definition for ecological restoration planning

McBride, Marissa F., Wilson, Kerrie A., Burger, Jutta, Fang, Yi-Chin, Lulow, Megan, Olson, David, O'Connell, Mike and Possingham, Hugh P. (2010) Mathematical problem definition for ecological restoration planning. Ecological Modelling, 221 19: 2243-2250. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2010.04.012

Author McBride, Marissa F.
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Burger, Jutta
Fang, Yi-Chin
Lulow, Megan
Olson, David
O'Connell, Mike
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title Mathematical problem definition for ecological restoration planning
Journal name Ecological Modelling   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0304-3800
Publication date 2010-09-24
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2010.04.012
Volume 221
Issue 19
Start page 2243
End page 2250
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
050207 Environmental Rehabilitation (excl. Bioremediation)
9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water
9612 Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Abstract Ecological restoration is an increasingly important tool for managing and improving highly degraded or altered environments. Faced with a large number of sites or ecosystems to restore, and a diverse array of restoration approaches, investments in ecological restoration must be prioritized. Nevertheless, there are relatively few examples of the systematic prioritization of restoration actions. The development of a general theory for ecological restoration that is sufficiently sophisticated and robust to account for the inherent complexity of restoration planning, and yet is flexible and adaptable to ensure applicability to a diverse array of restoration problems is needed. In this paper we draw on principles from systematic conservation planning to explicitly formulate the ‘restoration prioritization problem’. We develop a generalized theory for static and dynamic restoration planning problems, and illustrate how the basic problem formulation can be expanded to allow for many factors characteristic of restoration problems, including spatial dependencies, the possibility of restoration failure, and the choice of multiple restoration techniques. We illustrate the applicability of our generic problem definition by applying it to a case study – restoration prioritization on The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmark in Southern California. Through this case study we illustrate how the definition of the general restoration problem can be extended to account for the specific constraints and considerations of an on-the-ground restoration problem. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keyword Ecological restoration
Restoration priorities
Decision theory
Conservation planning
Ecological thresholds
Ecosystem management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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