Herpetological species mapping for the Meditteranean

A.K. Skidmore, A.G. Toxopeus, C.A.J.M. de Bie, F. Corsi, V. Venus, D.P. Omolo, J. Marquez, R.R. Gimenez

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Biodiversity, and changes in biodiversity as a result of human and natural processes, have a prominent place in public debate. Sustaining biodiversity requires knowledge about its geographical distribution and pattern, as well as an understanding of the processes which are driving biodiversity at different scales. The biodiversity of the Mediterranean appears to result from historical (human) effects, as well as the geodiversity (the diversity of abiotic factors). One promising approach is the investigation of indicator groups and their relationships to the abiotic factors. We report the use of modeling techniques to map the distribution and abundance of reptile and amphibian species (probability. of occurrence), and we conclude that climate-based indices yield a higher accuracy in their prediction of herpetological species compared to NDVI-derived indices.. For Europe the distribution/abundance of most species is quite well known, but North Africa lacks good species distribution data. So, reliable extrapolation/modeling methods (using limited species distribution data and available geo-diversity data derived from remotely sensed and climatic data) can be of great importance for establishing biodiversity indices (hotspots) in these data scarce areas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISPRS Commission VII Symposium 'Remote Sensing: From Pixels to Processes'
EditorsNorman Kerle, Andrew Skidmore
PublisherInternational Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2006
EventISPRS Commission VII Symposium 2006: Remote Sensing: From Pixels to Processes - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 8 May 200611 May 2006


ConferenceISPRS Commission VII Symposium 2006
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