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Siland a R package for estimating the spatial influence of landscape

Abstract : The spatial distributions of populations are both influenced by local variables and by characteristics of surrounding landscapes. Understanding how landscape features spatially structure the frequency of a trait in a population, the abundance of a species or the species’ richness remains difficult specially because the spatial scale effects of the landscape variables are unknown. Various methods have been proposed but their results are not easily comparable. Here, we introduce “siland”, a general method for analyzing the effect of landscape features. Based on a sequential procedure of maximum likelihood estimation, it simultaneously estimates the spatial scales and intensities of landscape variable effects. It does not require any information about the scale of effect. It integrates two landscape effects models: one is based on focal sample site ( Bsiland, b for buffer) and one is distance weighted using Spatial Influence Function ( Fsiland , f for function). We implemented “siland” in the adaptable and user-friendly R eponym package. It performs landscape analysis on georeferenced point observations (described in a Geographic Information System shapefile format) and allows for effects tests, effects maps and models comparison. We illustrated its use on a real dataset by the study of a crop pest (codling moth densities).
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Florence Carpentier, Olivier Martin. Siland a R package for estimating the spatial influence of landscape. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2021, 11 (1), pp.7488. ⟨10.1038/s41598-021-86900-0⟩. ⟨hal-03391093⟩



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