A new ECOPOTENTIAL paper from Peneda-Gerês on ecosystem functional attributes

Salvador Arenas-Castro, João Gonçalves, Paulo Alves, Domingo Alcaraz-Segura, João P. Honrado. PLOSONE, June 18, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0199292

The paper describes a modelling framework to assess the predictive ability of MODIS satellite-derived Ecosystem Functional Attributes (EFAs) as Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) against traditional datasets (climate and land-cover) at several scales. We test the framework with a multi-scale assessment of habitat suitability derived from Species Distribution Models (SDMs) for two plant species of conservation concern which appear in our Protected Area, the Peneda-Gerês National Park (Portugal), both protected under the EU Habitats Directive, differing in terms of life history, range and distribution pattern (Iris boissieri and Taxus baccata).