Satellite-Based Monitoring of Primary Production in a Mediterranean Islet Post Black Rat Eradication
Research Pathway: Human-wildlife conflicts
In the recent paper published in Remote Sensing-MPDI entitled “Satellite-Based Monitoring of Primary Production in a Mediterranean Islet Post Black Rat Eradication”, Ibañez-Álvarez et al. 2022 have explored the effects of black rat (Rattus rattus) eradication on Mediterranean vegetation productivity in the Sa Dragonera Islet, Mallorca (Spain). Using a temporal series of monthly NDVI data extracted from Landsat imagery, Miguel has shown changes across the 21-year monthly NDVI time series could not be explicitly attributed to the action of rats, when compared to the historical changes on the islet and the changes found to co-occur within the control zone. These findings could, perhaps, be explained by the high resilience of Mediterranean shrubs to browsing including that of rat invasion.
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