Vegetation and vantage point influence visibility across diverse ecosystems: implications for animal ecology

Rachel Stein, Bastien Lecigne, Eitel Jan, Timothy Johnson, Craig McGowan & Janet Rachlow
Visual information can influence animal behavior and habitat use in diverse ways. Visibility is the property that relates 3D habitat structure to accessibility of visual information. Despite the importance of visibility in animal ecology, this property remains largely unstudied. Our objective was to assess how habitat structure from diverse environments and animal position within that structure can influence visibility. We gathered terrestrial lidar data (1 cm at 10 m) in four ecosystems (forest, shrub-steppe, prairie,...
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