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    Author(s): Richard Chandler; Jeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman
    Date: 2016
    Source: Landscape Ecology
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Spatial variation in abundance is influenced by local- and landscape-level environmental variables, but modeling landscape effects is challenging because the spatial scales of the relationships are unknown. Current approaches involve buffering survey locations with polygons of various sizes and using model selection to identify the best scale. The buffering approach does not acknowledge that the influence of surrounding landscape features should diminish with distance, and it does not yield an estimate of the unknown scale parameters.

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    Chandler, Richard; Hepinstall-Cymerman, Jeffrey. 2016.Estimating the spatial scales of landscape effects on abundance. Landscape Ecology. 31(6): 1383-1394. 12 p.


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    Appalachian mountains, Cardellina Canadensis, habitat selection, kernel smoothing, moving window analysis, characteristic scale

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