To understand how ectotherms will respond to warming temperatures, we first require information on thermal habitat quality at spatial scales relevant to the organism. Measuring thermal habitat quality is either limited by spatial extent, such as with ground-based 3D operative temperature (Te) replicas, or is based on microclimate derived from physical models that use land cover variables and downscale coarse climate data. We draw on aspects of both these approaches and test the ability of unoccupied aerial vehicle (UAV) data to predict fine-scale heterogeneity in sub-canopy lizard (Anolis bicaorum) Te in tropical forest using random forest models. Our findings provide a feasible workflow to map sub-canopy lizard Te in tropical environments at spatial scales relevant to the organism, and across continuous areas, which will be imperative in risk modelling of such species to anthropogenic land cover and climate change.
|Unpublished - 2023
|British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2023 - ICC Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Dec 2023 → 15 Dec 2023
|British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2023
|12/12/23 → 15/12/23