Conservation Studio: Dynamically Modeling and Mapping Habitat Suitability

Conservation Studio: Dynamically Modeling and Mapping Habitat Suitability

Todd G. Olson (Landix, Inc, USA) and Brian N. Hilton (Claremont Graduate University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-075-2.ch009
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Abstract

Habitat suitability modeling in some form is required for virtually every regulatory action and conservation planning process that involves rare and/or endangered species or habitat types. Conservation Studio is a spatial information system that automates the entire process of conservation modeling, simulation, and planning. Conservation Studio consists of four software modules: Data Acquisition Interface, Habitat Suitability Analyst, Conservation Criteria Developer, and Implementation Modeler, the latter of which has been developed as a working prototype. The Implementation Modeler models the outcome of using tradable conservation credits to conserve habitat resources in a specified geographical plan area. Future design and development activities for this spatial information system are discussed.

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