A multimetric approach for predicting the ecological integrity of New Zealand streams
Integrating multiple measures of stream health into a combined metric can provide a holistic assessment of the ecological integrity of a stream. The aim of this study was to develop a multimetric index (MMI) of stream integrity based on predictive modelling of national data sets of water quality, macroinvertebrates, fish and ecosystem process metrics. We used a boosted regression tree approach to calculate an observed/expected score for each metric prior to combining metrics in a MMI based on data availability and the strength of predictive models. The resulting MMI provides a geographically meaningful prediction of the ecological integrity of rivers in New Zealand, but identifies limitations in data and approach, providing focus for ongoing research.
Auteurs du document :
J.E. Clapcott, E.O. Goodwin, R.G. Young, D.J. Kelly
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Mots clés :
multimetric index, ecological integrity, stream health, boosted regression trees, New Zealand, indice multimétrique, intégrité écologique, santé des cours d’eau, arbres de décision stimulés, Nouvelle-Zélande