rasterdiv ‐ an Information Theory tailored R package for measuring ecosystem heterogeneity from space: to the origin and back

Duccio Rocchini*, Elisa Thouverai, Matteo Marcantonio, Martina Iannacito, Daniele Da Re, Michele Torresani, Giovanni Bacaro, Manuele Bazzichetto, Alessandra Bernardi, Giles M. Foody, Reinhard Furrer, David Kleijn, Stefano Larsen, Jonathan Lenoir, Marco Malavasi, Elisa Marchetto, Filippo Messori, Alessandro Montaghi, Vítězslav Moudrý, Babak NaimiCarlo Ricotta, Micol Rossini, Francesco Santi, Maria J. Santos, Michael Schaepman, Fabian D. Schneider, Leila Schuh, Sonia Silvestri, Petra Šímová, A.K. Skidmore, Clara Tattoni, Enrico Tordoni, Saverio Vicario, Piero Zannini, Martin Wegmann

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Abstract


Ecosystem heterogeneity has been widely recognized as a key ecological feature, influencing several ecological functions, since it is strictly related to several ecological functions like diversity patterns and change, metapopulation dynamics, population connectivity, or gene flow.
In this paper, we present a new R package ‐ rasterdiv ‐ to calculate heterogeneity indices based on remotely sensed data. We also provide an ecological application at the landscape scale and demonstrate its power in revealing potentially hidden heterogeneity patterns.
The rasterdiv package allows calculating multiple indices, robustly rooted in Information Theory, and based on reproducible open source algorithms.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMethods in ecology and evolution
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 27 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • ITC-ISI-JOURNAL-ARTICLE

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