RAMAS Multispecies Assessment - Estimating Multispecies Conservation Values Across the Landscape
Entry ID: RAMAS_multispecies
Abstract: RAMAS Multispecies Assessment combines what you know about the habitat and the
risks for each species of a site into a single map of conservation values for
landscape conservation, planning and management.
You may use as little data for each species as a location map and its threat
status (e.g., endangered, threatened) or, if you have more data, build detailed
habitat and metapopulation models.
... Multispecies Conservation Value (MCV)is the value of a site based on the
importance of and the magnitude of the threats facing the component species.
Estimating the MCV is a 3-step process:
Phase 1: Habitat suitability assessment for each species
Phase 2: Extinction risk and contribution estimation for each population
Phase 3: Estimating Multispecies Conservation Values
RAMAS Multispecies Assessment, which incorporates RAMAS GIS, includes the
apply a suitability function to a series of map layers; estimate the habitat
suitability; delineate populations; import existing G.I.S. maps; import RAMAS
GIS Spatial Data files; build spatially explicit metapopulation models, which
may have stage or age structure, density dependence, stochasticity dispersal,
catastrophes, population management; import existing RAMAS Metapop files,
estimate the risk of extinction for a species; estimate the contribution of
each individual population to overall metapopulation risk of extinction;
utilize an externally generated numerical risk value; and estimate a
multispecies conservation value (MCV).
Quality RAMAS software is used at more than 1000 institutions,
laboratories and government offices and by thousands of students
in 50 countries worldwide. It's used by ecologists, resource
managers, and population biologists who need to predict
population structure and size through time and assess population
and species extinction risks.
Access Constraints none
Use Constraints RAMAS Multispecies Assessment requires Windows 95 or later (e.g., Windows
95/98, NT 4.0, 2000, ME, XP). Macintosh users may run RAMAS programs using
Windows emulation software (e.g., Connectix Virtual PC).
The following review of Applied Population Ecology was published in The
Quarterly Review of Biology, vol. 73, no. 3, pages 380-381, September 1998.
Teaching population ecology and conservation biology with RAMAS software, Pablo
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