Local conductance

Short description: The Local Conductance index is a measure of the total amount of movement of plants and animals that has the potential to pass through a cell from neighboring cells. The scale at which this index is based is one to a few kilometers. Conductance increases as the proportion of the area around a cell increases, and as the ecosystem around a cell is more alike than that of the focal cell.

The local conductance index can be used independently from the core-connector network. It can also be used in combination with that layer; for example, to measure connectivity within a core area. In contrast, regional conductance is better suited to measuring connectivity between core areas.

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