rasterdiv-an Information Theory tailored R package for measuring ecosystem heterogeneity from space: to the origin and back

Duccio Rocchini*, Elisa Thouverai, Matteo Marcantonio, Martina Iannacito, Daniele Da Re, Michele Torresani, Giovanni Bacaro, Manuele Bazzichetto, Alessandra Bernardi, Giles M. Foody, Reinhard Furrer, David Kleijn, Stefano Larsen, Jonathan Lenoir, Marco Malavasi, Elisa Marchetto, Filippo Messori, Alessandro Montaghi, Vítězslav Moudrý, Babak NaimiCarlo Ricotta, Micol Rossini, Francesco Santi, Maria J. Santos, Michael E. Schaepman, Fabian D. Schneider, Leila Schuh, Sonia Silvestri, Petra Ŝímová, Andrew K. Skidmore, Clara Tattoni, Enrico Tordoni, Saverio Vicario, Piero Zannini, Martin Wegmann

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    1. Ecosystem heterogeneity has been widely recognized as a key ecological indicator of several ecological functions, diversity patterns and change, metapopulation dynamics, population connectivity or gene flow.

    2. In this paper, we present a new R package—rasterdiv—to calculate heterogeneity indices based on remotely sensed data. We also provide an ecological application at the landscape scale and demonstrate its power in revealing potentially hidden heterogeneity patterns.

    3. The rasterdiv package allows calculating multiple indices, robustly rooted in Information Theory, and based on reproducible open-source algorithms.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1093-1102
    Number of pages10
    JournalMethods in Ecology and Evolution
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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    • biodiversity
    • ecological informatics
    • modelling
    • remote sensing
    • satellite imagery


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