WaderMORPH – a user-friendly individual-based model to advise shorebird policy and management

Andrew West, Richard Stillman, Allan Drewitt, Natalie Frost, Matt Mander, Chris Miles, Rowena Langston, William Sanderson, Jay Willis

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    1. Conservation objectives for non-breeding shorebirds (waders) are determined fromtheir population
    size. Individual-based models (IBMs) have accurately predicted mortality rate (a determinant
    of population size) of these species, and are a tool for advising coastal management and policy.
    However, due to their complexity, the use of these IBMs has been restricted to specialist modellers
    in the scientific community, whereas, ideally, they should be accessible to non-specialists with a
    direct interest in coastal issues.
    2. We describe how this limitation has been addressed by the development of WaderMORPH, a
    user-friendly interface to a shorebird IBM,MORPH, that runs within Microsoft Windows. Wader-
    MORPH hides technical and mathematical details of parameterisation from the user and allows
    models to be parameterised in a series of simple steps. We provide an overview of WaderMORPH
    and its range of applications. WaderMORPH, its user guide and an example data set can be downloaded
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)95–98
    Number of pages4
    JournalMethods in Ecology and Evolution
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


    • climate change
    • coastal conservation
    • environmental change
    • foraging behaviour
    • individual-based model
    • shellfish management

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ecological Modelling
    • Nature and Landscape Conservation
    • General Environmental Science
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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