Spatially Explicit Models

Spatially explicit population models (SEPMs) are used to understand the complex relationships between population dynamics and heterogeneous environments. These models are used by ecologists and land managers to understand systems on large scales by simulating complex landscapes and studying the various responses populations may have to environmental changes on different scales. SEPM identifies locations of individuals within the population in relation to landscape features such as habitat boundaries, migration corridors, barriers, and other patches, and examines the possible responses in terms of population dynamics to changes performed on the landscape. One specific SEPM is the mobile animal population (MAP) model. This model combines a map of the landscape identifying suitable and unsuitable habitat for specific species and incorporates species-specific movement behavior.

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