Larch - assessing fragmentation and spatial cohesion of habitats
LARCH is an ecological model to assess the sustainability of ecological networks for species. Well-functioning ecological habitat networks are the basis for the conservation of protected (plants and/or animals) species. Suitability for local populations is determined using species-specific area requirements. LARCH calculates a measure for spatial cohesion that is used to estimate the sustainability of ecological networks and to evaluate the connections between scattered habitat areas. Implementation of barrier effects (e.g.