The habitat use module refers to geographic projections of habitat suitability indices considering the effects of various restoration projects.
Specifically, the habitat use module provides a methodology for estimating how various restoration scenarios will affect habitat suitability for key life stages of the following 12 taxa: white shrimp, brown shrimp, oyster, gulf menhaden, spotted seatrout, Atlantic croaker, largemouth bass, American alligator, muskrat, mink, otter, & dabbling ducks. For some of these species, specific life stages (e.g., juvenile spotted seatrout) are analyzed because habitat use varies with life stage.
Although these species are representative of the diverse habitat preferences of organisms that use the coastal Louisiana estuarine system as habitat, the CLEAR Program is working to expand this list to include additional species of recreational, commercial, & ecological significance.
For more information on Habitat use, view these publications:Representation of multi-stanza life histories in Ecospace models for spatial organization of ecosystem trophic interaction patterns
Habitat Use Module