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Vulnerability and adaptive potential of a threatened species in the Australian arid-zone system in light of climate change

Grant


Scheme


  • Honours/Masters Research Grant

Abstract


  • The overall objective of this project is to use health assessment and spatial modellingtechniques to assess the vulnerability of Acacia carneorum in Kinchega National Park, NSW toclimate change. This will be done by: (i) determining historical connectivity of today¿s isolatedpopulations; (ii) quantifying changes in fragmentation over time; (iii) measuring thehealth/condition status of current distributions; and (iv) developing a spatial model to assess thevulnerability of the priority Acacia species and produce recommendations for conservationmanagement. Spatial analysis techniques, utilizing both geographic information systems (GIS)and remote sensing (RS,) will be used to map historical and current distributions, to assessfragmentation in terms of spatial heterogeneity, edge effects and connectivity, and to constructa model which should be useful to other vulnerability assessments of similar species.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Local Award Id


  • 100824

Scheme


  • Honours/Masters Research Grant

Abstract


  • The overall objective of this project is to use health assessment and spatial modellingtechniques to assess the vulnerability of Acacia carneorum in Kinchega National Park, NSW toclimate change. This will be done by: (i) determining historical connectivity of today¿s isolatedpopulations; (ii) quantifying changes in fragmentation over time; (iii) measuring thehealth/condition status of current distributions; and (iv) developing a spatial model to assess thevulnerability of the priority Acacia species and produce recommendations for conservationmanagement. Spatial analysis techniques, utilizing both geographic information systems (GIS)and remote sensing (RS,) will be used to map historical and current distributions, to assessfragmentation in terms of spatial heterogeneity, edge effects and connectivity, and to constructa model which should be useful to other vulnerability assessments of similar species.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Local Award Id


  • 100824