Managing uncertainty in movement knowledge for environmental decisions

Smith, Annabel L., Kujala, Heini, Lahoz-Monfort, José J., Guja, Lydia K., Burns, Emma L., Nathan, Ran, Alacs, Erika, Barton, Phillip S., Bau, Sana, Driscoll, Don A., Lentini, Pia E., Mortelliti, Alessio, Rowe, Ross and Buckley, Yvonne M. 2018, Managing uncertainty in movement knowledge for environmental decisions, Conservation letters, doi: 10.1111/conl.12620.

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Title Managing uncertainty in movement knowledge for environmental decisions
Author(s) Smith, Annabel L.
Kujala, Heini
Lahoz-Monfort, José J.
Guja, Lydia K.
Burns, Emma L.
Nathan, Ran
Alacs, Erika
Barton, Phillip S.
Bau, Sana
Driscoll, Don A.ORCID iD for Driscoll, Don A.
Lentini, Pia E.
Mortelliti, Alessio
Rowe, Ross
Buckley, Yvonne M.
Journal name Conservation letters
Article ID e12620
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2018-12
ISSN 1755-263X
Summary © 2018 The Authors. Conservation Letters published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Species’ movements affect their response to environmental change but movement knowledge is often highly uncertain. We now have well-established methods to integrate movement knowledge into conservation practice but still lack a framework to deal with uncertainty in movement knowledge for environmental decisions. We provide a framework that distinguishes two dimensions of species’ movement that are heavily influenced by uncertainty: knowledge about movement and relevance of movement to environmental decisions. Management decisions can be informed by their position in this knowledge-relevance space. We then outline a framework to support decisions around (1) increasing understanding of the relevance of movement knowledge, (2) increasing robustness of decisions to uncertainties and (3) improving knowledge on species’ movement. Our decision-support framework provides guidance for managing movement-related uncertainty in systematic conservation planning, agri-environment schemes, habitat restoration and international biodiversity policy. It caters to different resource levels (time and funding) so that species’ movement knowledge can be more effectively integrated into environmental decisions.
Notes In Press
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/conl.12620
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID DP110101480
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
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