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Advantages of combining generalized linear models and occupancy models to find indicators of habitat selection: Small mammals in agroecosystems as a case study
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Irene L. Gorosito, Mariano Marziali Bermúdez, María Busch Models of habitat variables can be used to find indicators for a quantitative prediction of the likeliness of species occurrence or abundance. Methodological bias due to variable detectability can be critical to properly determine habitat use and, thus, for understanding species ecology, distribution, and requirements for survival. In spite of recent advances in dealing with imperfect detection through detailed modeling, this approach...
The establishment of season-specific eutrophication assessment standards for a water-supply reservoir located in Northeast China based on chlorophyll-a levels
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Jingbo Guo, Chongjun Zhang, Guochen Zheng, Jie Xue, Lanhe Zhang Eutrophication has become the primary problem facing most surface water bodies worldwide, especially when the water body serves as a water supply source. Substantial efforts have been made to prevent and control eutrophication from decades ago. Among them, the establishment of eutrophication assessment standards was rather essential. However, until now, there is no authoritative standard established for the assessment of...
Long-term land use and land cover changes (1920–2015) in Eastern Ghats, India: Pattern of dynamics and challenges in plant species conservation
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Reshma M. Ramachandran, Parth Sarathi Roy, V. Chakravarthi, J. Sanjay, Pawan K. Joshi Natural resources are experiencing unprecedented pressures due to land use and land cover (LULC) changes. Such changes in LULC have significantly affected the extent and condition of forests in the Eastern Ghats of India causing a decline in the forest cover as well as disturbing the habitats of several rare, endangered, threatened (RET) and endemic species. The current study attempts to determine the habitat...
First assessment of the ecological status in the Levant Basin: Application of the CARLIT index along the Lebanese coastline
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Ali Badreddine, Marie Abboud-Abi Saab, Fabrizio Gianni, Enric Ballesteros, Luisa Mangialajo Macroalgae is one of the Biological Quality Elements (BQE) used by several indexes conceived in the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) for the assessment of the Ecological status of coastal water bodies. Among them, CARLIT index, based on the cartography of rocky-shore littoral communities, has been extensively and successfully applied in the Western Mediterranean Sea. In this study CARLIT was...
An indicator-based approach to analyse the effects of non-native tree species on multiple cultural ecosystem services
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Ana Sofia Vaz, Pilar Castro-Díez, Oscar Godoy, Álvaro Alonso, Montserrat Vilà, Asunción Saldaña, Hélia Marchante, Álvaro Bayón, Joaquim S. Silva, Joana R. Vicente, João P. Honrado Limitations in the assessment of cultural ecosystem services through quantifiable approaches have constrained our knowledge of how these services can be altered by drivers of global change, such as non-native tree species. Here, we address this caveat by evaluating the effects of non-native tree...
Linking water quality with the total pollutant load control management for nitrogen in Jiaozhou Bay, China
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Keqiang Li, Jian He, Junlong Li, Quan Guo, Shengkang Liang, Yanbin Li, Xiulin Wang Eutrophication was once the most serious problem for the overload of nitrogen in Jiaozhou Bay, with the development of society and the economy of Qingdao, China. Total pollutant load control management (TPLCM) was applied for 10 years via two five-year plans since 2006 in Qingdao, China, and it was further strengthened after 2011. To evaluate the effect of TPLCM on the water quality of Jiaozhou Bay, dissolved...
Vulnerability assessment of spring wheat production to climate change in the Inner Mongolia region of China
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Zhiqiang Dong, Zhihua Pan, Qijin He, Jialin Wang, Lei Huang, Yuying Pan, Guolin Han, Xiaoping Xue, Yanchun Chen The main characteristics of global climate change include significant temperature increases and uneven precipitation distributions, which are both limiting factors for the sustainable development of dryland agriculture in semiarid regions. Inner Mongolia, which occupies the largest area of the semiarid region in China, is a good representation of the region’s climate and...
Shift of low to high nucleic acid bacteria as a potential bioindicator for the screening of anthropogenic effects in a receiving river due to palm oil mill effluent final discharge
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Siti Suhailah Sharuddin, Norhayati Ramli, Diana Mohd-Nor, Mohd Ali Hassan, Toshinari Maeda, Yoshihito Shirai, Kenji Sakai, Yukihiro Tashiro The microbiological effects of palm oil mill effluent (POME) final discharge upon a receiving river were assessed in this study by using the nucleic acid double staining assay based on flow cytometry. The functional status of the bacterial community at the single-cell level was determined with regards to their abundance, viability and nucleic acid...
Biological indicators of diversity in tropical streams: Congruence in the similarity of invertebrate assemblages
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Janaina G. Brito, Renato T. Martins, Vívian C. Oliveira, Neusa Hamada, Jorge L. Nessimian, Robert M. Hughes, Silvio F.B. Ferraz, Felipe R. de Paula Surrogate indicators are important alternatives to overcome the shortage of total biodiversity data for planning and implementing conservation measures. The most important premise of this approach is congruence among surrogate candidates and among different assemblages. The aim of this study was to evaluate abundance and incidence congruence...
Inherent vulnerability assessment of rural households based on socio-economic indicators using categorical principal component analysis: A case study of Kimsar region, Uttarakhand
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Shipra Rajesh, Suresh Jain, Prateek Sharma The recent trend of shifting focus from hazard centric drivers of vulnerability towards the social and economic drivers of vulnerability has led to a number of conceptual frameworks for social vulnerability assessment. Contributing towards this growing trend of social vulnerability assessment, this study proposes a framework to measure inherent vulnerability, which is centered on hazard generic and livelihood oriented socioeconomic factors of vulnerability...
Mapping landscape potential for outdoor recreation using different archetypical recreation user groups in the European Union
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Franziska Komossa, Emma H. van der Zanden, Catharina J.E. Schulp, Peter H. Verburg Engagement with the natural environment and public enjoyment of access to farmland and woodland often takes the form of outdoor recreation. Numerous studies on landscape preferences of outdoor recreation have focused on individual characteristics and attitudes of recreation users. Although the importance of differences in user groups has been acknowledged, a clear distinction of archetypical user groups has not yet...
Suitability of different landscape metrics for the assessments of patchy landscapes in West Africa
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Justice Nana Inkoom, Susanne Frank, Klaus Greve, Ulrich Walz, Christine Fürst The study aimed at identifying a core set of landscape metrics for assessing potential ecosystem services provision and for application in spatial planning in the highly anthropogenically dominated landscapes of the Sudanian Savannah region. Twenty-two metrics for ES services assessment and spatial planning selected from literature were calculated. We employed Spearman’s rank correlation and multivariate principal...
The challenge of habitat modelling for threatened low density species using heterogeneous data: The case of Cuvier’s beaked whales in the Mediterranean
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): A. Cañadas, N. Aguilar de Soto, M. Aissi, A. Arcangeli, M. Azzolin, A. B-Nagy, G. Bearzi, I. Campana, C. Chicote, C. Cotte, R. Crosti, L. David, A. Di Natale, C. Fortuna, A. Frantzis, P. Garcia, M. Gazo, R. Gutierrez-Xarxa, D. Holcer, S. Laran, G. Lauriano, T. Lewis, A. Moulins, B. Mussi, G. Notarbartolo di Sciara, S. Panigada, X. Pastor, E. Politi, M. Pulcini, J.A. Raga, L. Rendell, M. Rosso, P. Tepsich, J. Tomás, M. Tringali, Th...
Cross-taxon congruence and relationships to stand characteristics of vascular plants, bryophytes, polyporous fungi and beetles in mature managed boreal forests
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Jari Jokela, Katja Juutilainen, Leila Korpela, Jari Kouki, Satu Kuntsi, Matti Koivula, Juha Siitonen Multi-taxon analyses of ecological assemblages are needed when the effects of forestry on biodiversity are examined. Management usually simplifies the structure of forests, which results in quantitative and qualitative declines in many microhabitats and species associated with them. In Fennoscandia, most forests are managed for industrial use of wood, but relatively little is known about the...
Visual versus video methods for estimating reef fish biomass
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): S.K. Wilson, N.A.J. Graham, T.H. Holmes, M.A. MacNeil, N.M. Ryan Estimates of fish biomass collated at the community level are reliable indicators of fish and ecosystem health. Data to calculate fish biomass is routinely collected using either underwater visual census (UVC) or stereo diver operated video (DOV), although the compatibility of UVC and DOV based estimates are yet to be assessed. Accordingly, we calculated and compared community level measures of coral reef fish biomass at Ningaloo...
Metabarcoding of benthic ciliate communities shows high potential for environmental monitoring in salmon aquaculture
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Thorsten Stoeck, Rebecca Kochems, Dominik Forster, Franck Lejzerowicz, Jan Pawlowski The backbone of benthic marine monitoring programs is the biological component, traditionally the macrofauna inventory. Such macrofauna-based environmental impact assessments (EIA), however, are very time consuming and expensive. To overcome these shortcomings, we used environmental metabarcoding to test the potential of protists as bioindicators in EIAs. Therefore, we analyzed taxonomic metabarcodes (V9 region...
Culturomic assessment of Brazilian protected areas: Exploring a novel index of protected area visibility
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Ricardo A. Correia, Paul Jepson, Ana C.M. Malhado, Richard J. Ladle In a time when protected areas are under increasing societal and political pressure, ensuring their public visibility and support will be essential to guarantee their long-term maintenance. The high levels of societal participation and global reach of emerging digital technologies provide exciting new opportunities to assess the public salience of environmental and conservation related subjects, including protected areas. Here...
Topographic wetness index explains soil moisture better than bioindication with Ellenberg’s indicator values
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Małgorzata W. Raduła, Tomasz H. Szymura, Magdalena Szymura Topography is an important determinant of soil moisture (SM) distribution and thus drives the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems, including vegetation composition and structure. To assess soil water spatial variability, a number of indices have been used. In this study, we compared the ability of the topographic wetness index (TWI) and Ellenberg’s indicator values (EIV) for moisture to explain the spatial variation of SM in central...
Fish species as indicators of freshwater inflow within a subtropical estuary in the Gulf of Mexico
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): J.L. Steichen, A Quigg As anthropogenic pressures on fresh water continues, a balance must be achieved to ensure estuaries receive sufficient riverine inputs to sustain ecosystem health. With increased demand on freshwater resources upstream, salinities in the coastal systems may increase, providing an opportunity for encroachment or invasion by species with a higher salt tolerance. These events compromise ecosystem function, integrity and sustainability, particularly of native estuarine habitats...
Urban land use intensity assessment: The potential of spatio-temporal spectral traits with remote sensing
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Ecological Indicators, Volume 85 Author(s): Thilo Wellmann, Dagmar Haase, Sonja Knapp, Christoph Salbach, Peter Selsam, Angela Lausch By adding attributes of space and time to the spectral traits (ST) concept we developed a completely new way of quantifying and assessing land use intensity and the hemeroby of urban landscapes. Calculating spectral traits variations (STV) from remote sensing data and regressing STV against hemeroby, we show how to estimate human land use intensity and the degree of hemeroby for large spatial areas with...

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