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Integrating biodiversity and drinking water protection goals through geographic analysis


Wickham, James D.; Flather, Curtis H. 2013. Integrating biodiversity and drinking water protection goals through geographic analysis. Diversity and Distributions. 19: 1198-1207.

doi: 10.1111/ddi.12103

Data on aquatic-dependent species occurrence, drinking water intakes, protected land status and land cover change were compiled for each watershed. We compared these four datasets after defining 'hotspots' based on attribute-specific thresholds that included (1) the 90th percentile of at-risk aquatic biodiversity, (2) with and without drinking water intakes, (3) above and below the median percentage of protected land and (4) increase in urban land above and below a 1% threshold between 2001 and 2006. Geographic intersections were used to address a number of questions relevant to conservation planning including the following: What watersheds important to aquatic biodiversity are also important to drinking water? Which watersheds with a shared stake in biodiversity and drinking water protection have inadequate land protection? Which watersheds with potentially inadequate amounts of protected lands are also undergoing relatively rapid urbanization?

Keywords: at-risk species, conservation planning, ecosystem services, geographic information system, protected lands, urbanization


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Integrating biodiversity and drinking water protection goals through geographic analysis
Electronic Publish Date: September 20, 2013
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September 20, 2013

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