Invasive species of plants, animals, diseases, and pathogens are estimated to cause more than $137 billion annually in damage to Americans in economic, ecological, and human health costs. Invasive species are best managed by preventing their establishment in the first place or by halting their spread to unaffected areas. But how? The USGS, NASA, and Colorado State University have teamed up to develop a tool to map invasive species and predict where they could be headed. This “ecological forecasting” model will help managers and policymakers recognize threats and set priorities for addressing them while control is still possible. The USGS has just launched a new “Research Spotlight” web feature describing the project, its development, and its management ramifications. The site, “Ecological Forecasting: A Strategic Partnership to Predict and Manage Biological Invasions,” includes example maps and model outputs as well as links to other pertinent sites.
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