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Type: Journal article
Title: Mathematical methods for spatially cohesive reserve design
Author: McDonnell, M.
Possingham, H.
Ball, I.
Cousins, E.
Citation: Environmental Modeling and Assessment, 2002; 7(2 Special Issue SI):107-114
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 1420-2026
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Mark D. McDonnell, Hugh P. Possingham, Ian R. Ball and Elizabeth A. Cousins
Abstract: The problem of designing spatially cohesive nature reserve systems that meet biodiversity objectives is formulated as a nonlinear integer programming problem. The multiobjective function minimises a combination of boundary length, area and failed representation of the biological attributes we are trying to conserve. The task is to reserve a subset of sites that best meet this objective. We use data on the distribution of habitats in the Northern Territory, Australia, to show how simulated annealing and a greedy heuristic algorithm can be used to generate good solutions to such large reserve design problems, and to compare the effectiveness of these methods.
Keywords: reserve design
simulated annealing
set covering problem
optimisation heuristics
multiobjective optimisation
Description: The original publication is availiable at
DOI: 10.1023/A:1015649716111
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