Achieving full connectivity of sites in the multiperiod reserve network design problem

Computers & Operations Research
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Abstract

The conservation reserve design problem is a challenge to solve because of the spatial and temporal nature of the problem, uncertainties in the decision process, and the possibility of alternative conservation actions for any given land parcel. Conservation agencies tasked with reserve design may benefit from a dynamic decision system that provides tactical guidance for short-term decision opportunities while maintaining focus on a long-term objective of assembling the best set of protected areas possible. To plan cost-effective conservation over time under time-varying action costs and budget, we propose a multi-period mixed integer programming model for the budget-constrained selection of fully connected sites. The objective is to maximize a summed conservation value over all network parcels at the end of the planning horizon. The originality of this work is in achieving full spatial connectivity of the selected sites during the schedule of conservation actions.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Achieving full connectivity of sites in the multiperiod reserve network design problem
Series title Computers & Operations Research
DOI 10.1016/j.cor.2016.12.017
Volume 81
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 9 p.
First page 119
Last page 127