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We then computed the difference between 2D CI calculated from Fig. Voxel data were generated using voxelate. Structural connectivity metrics where computed using LecoS — Landscape Ecology Statistics plugin version 2.
Graphics were generated using R software version 3. When comparing the 3D derived strata and 2D analysis, the structural connectivity measures varied as shown in Fig.
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Key patterns and distinctions as found for all three towns were: i 2D metrics indicated a greener landscape than 3D derived strata Fig. Analysing the differences in the individual structural connectivity data for the 3D derived strata Fig. At the stratum level, we also found the shrub stratum to be more fragmented than trees or grass Fig.
This means that shrub-covered areas in the towns were more sparsely arranged in space than grass or trees, which evidently formed areas of more continuous cover. Trees showed the opposite behaviour to shrubs, being less fragmented than grass or shrubs Fig. Finally, the grass stratum had an intermediate level of fragmentation between trees and shrubs Fig.
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Looking at the CI data Fig. Looking at all layers, Milton Keynes had a more complex structure of urban vegetation than Luton and Bedford i. Figure 3 shows two plots for each town. On the left hand side is a straightforward plotting of functional CI against dispersal capacity, whilst on the right hand side is plotted the difference between the 3D derived strata functional connectivity and the corresponding 2D measure at varying dispersal capacities. These results reveal increasing functional connectivity from trees to shrubs, shrubs to grass and between grass and the 2D perspective Fig. Models of functional connectivity in vegetation given different dispersal capacities or mobilities derived from 3D structural layers coloured lines and 2D green cover grey within three towns in the UK are shown in panels a , c , and e.
The difference in functional connectivity from the 2D perspective is shown for the same three towns in panels b d and f for the grass yellow , shrub blue and tree green layers, derived from the 3D waveform lidar data. The analysis of the 3D derived strata Fig. Overall, high levels of functional connectivity occurred at increased distances from the 2D greencover to the grass, shrubs and tree layers respectively and Milton Keynes had higher levels of connectivity compared to Luton and Bedford.
We found different functional CI patterns according to the 2D and 3D derived vegetation layer considered: discrepancies Fig. We found all of these patterns to be repeated at all three study sites Fig. Urban greenspace is heterogenous and structured. It exhibits both 2D and 3D spatial complexity.
Despite this, due to the inherent difficulties of calculating 3D complexity, many research projects have focused on analysing the connectivity of urban greenspace using basic 2D greenspace estimates mostly determined from standard optical and infra-red remote sensing observations of photosynthetic indicators, particularly NDVI 27 , 28 , 29 , 30 , Such measures neglect to capture the vertical organisation of the green material in the urban volume.
In using these 2D spatially distributed estimates of urban greenness, one is making the assumption that the greenspace is uniformly distributed in the volume — an assumption we have shown Fig. In using waveform lidar — a technique that allows the green volume to be calculated within individual, vertical vegetation layers, we have been able to reveal for the first time the impact of this 2D greenspace bias on connectivity estimates. Specifically, this work has shown that relying on optical 2D greenspace data NDVI results in a positively biased estimate of greenspace connectivity estimates and that this is true irrespective of urban form, from compact urban spaces i.
Bedford to areas with designed greenspace i. Milton Keynes. This is particularly critical to consider when vertical strata form barriers in space, exerting a disproportionate effect on organismal movements or ecosystem service provision for example, lines of trees that filter air pollution and provide important barriers for noise reduction 32 or roads that hinder movement of animals through urban spaces 33 , Further supporting this is our demonstration of the discrepancies in connectivity patterns between 2D and 3D derived strata layers at short distances Fig. While the 2D perspective shows connected surfaces at these short distances, the 3D derived perspective does not.
Urban ecosystems have numerous spatial barriers to ecological movement, and these barriers clearly increase when considering the vertical distribution of greenspace in a 3D landscape. For example, we show that organisms that rely solely on trees for movement will have reduced connectivity relative to those that rely solely on grass. NDVI fails to capture this variation, while a 3D derived analysis, as we have demonstrated with waveform lidar can deliver such understanding successfully. Further, the 3D landscape also determines permeability of urban structures such as buildings and walls, which at the lower strata will halt connectivity for many organisms, but may facilitate it for others depending on the strata the organism relies on for movement.
Of course the level of bias between 2D- and 3D-derived measures of connectivity will vary with the ecological niche of the organism in question.
Organisms such as grey squirrels Sciurus carolinensis that are common in urban areas in the UK move through all three strata considered here Fig. Here we model the 3D spatial distribution of grass, shrubs and trees, however we do not consider the relative importance of the different strata in facilitating connectivity. For example, large trees are keystone features in modified landscapes for facilitating connectivity for a wide range of organisms and so may be disproportionately more important for connectivity for many organisms 35 , Future research needs to move forward to determine the relative contribution of each stratum and their combined influence on connectivity of individual organisms.
There is also significant seasonal variation in connectivity in the urban landscape for some organisms 30 , because phenology varies across the strata connectivity is likely to show greater temporal variation in 3D over 2D greenspace.
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This study represents the first in a new generation of high resolution, data-driven spatial techniques that model the 3D landscape. In summary, we found that when 3D stratification was omitted it resulted in an overestimation of connectivity Figs 2d and 3b,d,f , and that landscapes with more complex 3D vegetation structure fragmentation in Fig. We conclude on the importance of considering the vertical stratification of the vegetation in urban systems to understand patterns of landscape connectivity which are strategic for low mobility organisms and for the provision of urban ecosystem services.
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