|Applications of Urban Growth Models and Wildlife Habitat Models to Assess Biodiversity Losses
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|Cogan, CB, Davis, FW, Clarke, KC
Habitat loss and subsequent fragmentation due to urban development is part of a larger suite of anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity, but it now ranks among the principle causes of species endangerment in the United States. Several types of urban growth simulation models have been developed which can supply useful information for biodiversity planning. In many cases however, the data required for biodiversity planning may not be compatible with the urban models, leading to analytical inaccuracies and misleading conclusions. Here, we examine several lines of logic likely to be employed in biodiversity assessment and show how assumptions built into the data influence model outcome.