The airspace is habitat

Trends in Ecology and Evolution



A preconception concerning habitat persists and has gone unrecognized since use of the term first entered the lexicon of ecological and evolutionary biology many decades ago. Specifically, land and water are considered habitats, while the airspace is not. This might at first seem a reasonable, if unintended, demarcation, since years of education and personal experience as well as limits to perception predispose a traditional view of habitat. Nevertheless, the airspace satisfies the definition and functional role of a habitat, and its recognition as habitat may have implications for policy where expanding anthropogenic development of airspace could impact the conservation of species and subject parts of the airspace to formalized legal protection.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The airspace is habitat
Series title Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2013.02.015
Volume 28
Issue 7
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Elsevier Science Publishers
Publisher location Amsterdam
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
First page 377
Last page 379
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