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Landscape Integrity Model for Utah's Wetlands
GIS, landscape, wetland, stress, wildlife
The aim of this project was to create a spatial dataset showing the distribution and intensity of stressors on wetland and aquatic resources in Utah. The project includes a literature review of studies that model aggregated aquatic stressors, a compilation of spatial stressor data, the development of a landscape integrity model, and the application of the landscape model to a target wildlife species and to wetlands and aquatic habitats. The landscape integrity model is a step towards the development of a comprehensive monitoring and assessment program in the state and can provide managers with a valuable decision-making tool.