Objectives of WP 4:
Data available on habitat requirements for Maculinea along a European gradient are being incorporated into models of habitat dynamics. Data from landscape structure and species ecology have been and continue to be combined as input parameters for population and metapopulation analyses. Landscape indices using population dynamic models are being derived using special model analyses on ant-butterfly interaction patterns and will eventually be used for decision support in conservation management. Ultimately, habitat models will be implemented into landscape analysis and maps of potential habitats of larger areas created. GIS techniques are being employed to exploit digitized land use data and explore the physical arrangements of habitats in time and space and verify habitat models with geographical incidence patterns.