A spatially-based modeling framework for assessing the risks of soil-associated metals to bats

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Populations of some species of bats are declining in some regions of Europe. These declines are probably due to a range of pressures, including climate change, urbanization and exposure to toxins such as metals. This paper describes the development, paramaterisation and application of a spatially explicit modeling framework to predict the risks of soil-associated metals (lead, copper, zinc and cadmium) to bat health. Around 5.9% of areas where bats reside were predicted to have lead levels that pose a risk to bat health. For copper, this value was 2.8%, for cadmium it was 0.6% and for zinc 0.5%. Further work is therefore warranted to explore the impacts of soil-associated metals on bat populations in the UK. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-116
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

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