Integrated Modeling and Assessment of Landscape, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IMALBES)

The main objective of our project IMALBES, integrating selected models of climate and land use change, ecosystem function performance and biodiversity development, adapted for the conditions of the Czech Republic, is to be able to monitor and predict biodiversity lost and changes in ecosystem functioning in cultural forest-agricultural landscape.

Integrated approach

Multisources habitat maps of the Czech Republic (Corine LC – 1:100 000, Combined Layer – 1:10 000 mixed with 1:100 000, Consolidated Layer – 1:10000), used for national, regional and local studies, linked-up to knowledge base containing fragmentation geometry, naturalness, habitat biodiversity value, carbon supply, evapotranspiration capacity etc. Unfortunately, only Corine LC layers enable to compare land use/land cover (LUC) categories in time and to model LUC development in the future.

Integration of biodiversity (BD) and ecosystem service (ES) provision is performed by the assessment (Habitat Valuation Method; Seják and Cudlín 2010) and modelling of BD (CR GLOBIO; Cudlín et al. 2017) and selected ES (e.g. carbon sequestration, temperature regulation) using the unified matrix and linked-up knowledge base (Seják et al. 2012, Pechanec et al. 2018) . The outputs of one model (e.g. CZ Globio for estimation of biodiversity status and endangerment) can be used as inputs to another model (e.g. Marxan for selection of valuable habitats for protection).

  • All tools are integrated into one environment (ArcGIS) through one language (Python)
  • Input data into the models are derived from identical primary data
  • Models load and use partial results from other models; have the same resolution, the same unit.

Our integrated approach allows the complex view and parallel valuation of several ecosystem functions.

Technical detail

  • Spatial representation: multiple local (10 000)/regional (50 000)scale, for whole extent of Czech Republic
  • Mapping unit (& resolution, if relevant): polygon,hexagon 1ha, land cover
  • Temporal scale: dynamic
  • Main inputs: geodata, maps, lookup- tables
  • Main outputs: maps, databases
  • Ecosystem type/s: Corine, EUNIS, HVM unit, Layer of habitat mapping (Nature 2000)
  • Category: matrix model, hydrologic model, predictin model, climate model
  • Included modeling methods: Biophysical model, ES model, Integrated Assessment Model (IAM)/ Coupled component model, Matrix mapping, Monetary methods, Conceptual models - DPSIR
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