A revised map of plant geographical regions of the Southern Levant

Soto-Berelov, M, Fall, P and Falconer, S 2012, 'A revised map of plant geographical regions of the Southern Levant', in Colin Arrowsmith, Chris Bellman, William Cartwright, Karin Reinke, Mark Shortis, Mariela Soto-Berelov, Lola Suarez Barranco (ed.) Proceedings of the 2012 Geospatial Science Research 3 Symposium (GSR_2), Melbourne, Australia, 10-12 December 2012, pp. 1-12.


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Title A revised map of plant geographical regions of the Southern Levant
Author(s) Soto-Berelov, M
Fall, P
Falconer, S
Year 2012
Conference name GSR_2
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 10-12 December 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2012 Geospatial Science Research 3 Symposium (GSR_2)
Editor(s) Colin Arrowsmith, Chris Bellman, William Cartwright, Karin Reinke, Mark Shortis, Mariela Soto-Berelov, Lola Suarez Barranco
Publisher RMIT University
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Abstract We propose a revised map of plant geographical regions for the Southern Levant (most of Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan). Since this region has been heavily impacted by human activity over millennia we have created a detailed natural vegetation map using GIS, remote sensing and a species distribution model (MAXENT). We created an extensive database of over 1800 historical and field observations for the region, incorporating plant species presence-only data, as well as environmental variables, including temperature and precipitation. Vegetation was modeled according to plant geographical regions and vegetation types. Our revised map generally agrees with previous vegetation maps done for the region, but provides more detail regarding the distribution of various forested communities that have been significantly disturbed by millennia of human activity. Given its digital format, this new map can be used for conservation and other applications that require a vegetation surface. It can also be used as a basis with which to model vegetated environments in past and future scenarios.
Subjects Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Keyword(s) Southern Levant
plant geographical regions
vegetation
species distribution model
Maxent
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