Habitat suitability analysis of eelgrass Zostera marina L.in the subtidal zone of Xiaoheishan Island
  • 【摘要】

    We present a GIS-based habitat suitability index (HSI) model to identify suitable areas for Zostera marina L.restoration in the subtidal zone of Xiaoheishan Island.The controlling factors in the model... 展开>>We present a GIS-based habitat suitability index (HSI) model to identify suitable areas for Zostera marina L.restoration in the subtidal zone of Xiaoheishan Island.The controlling factors in the model,in order of importance,are Secchi depth,sediment composition,water temperature,salinity,current velocity,water depth and nutrient quality.Specific factor piecewise functions have been used to transform parameter values into normalized quality indexes.The weight of each factor was defined using expert knowledge and the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) method.All of the data thus obtained were interpolated using the inverse distance weighted (IDW) interpolation method to create maps for the entire region.In this study,the analysis of habitat suitability in the subtidal zone of Xiaoheishan Island was conducted for four seasons.According to the GIS-based HSI model,the optimal habitat of Zostera marina L.appears in spring,although habitat remains suitable all year round.On the whole,the optimum site for eelgrass restoration is located in the eastern region,followed by the western and southern regions.We believe that the GIS-based HSI model could be a promising tool to select sites for Zostera marina L.restoration and could also be applicable in other types of habitat evaluation. 收起<<

  • 【作者】

  • 【作者单位】

    Marine Biology Institute of Shangdong Province

  • 【刊期】

    中国海洋湖沼学报(英文版) ISTIC SCI 2016年1期

  • 【关键词】

    Zostera marina L.  habitat suitability index (HSI) model  restoration  subtidal zone 

  • 【基金项目】

    the Key Laboratory of Marine Ecology and Environmental Science and Engineering,SOA the National Natural Science Foundation of China the National Marine Public Welfare Research Project