Effects of habitat map generalization in biodiversity assessment

TitleEffects of habitat map generalization in biodiversity assessment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsStoms, DM
JournalPhotogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Date Published1992
Keywordshabitat suitability, scale, sensitivity analysis, species richness

Species richness is being mapped as part of an inventory of biological diversity in California (i.e., gap analysis). Species distributions are modeled with a GIS on the basis of maps of each species' preferred habitats. Species richness is then tallied in equal-area sampling units. A GIS sensitivity analysis examined the effects of the level of generalization of the habitat map on the predicted distribution of species richness in the southern Sierra Nevada. As the habitat map was generalized, the number of habitat types mapped within grid cells tended to decrease with a corresponding decline in numbers of species predicted. Further, the ranking of grid cells in order of predicted numbers of species changed dramatically between levels of generalization. Areas predicted to be of greatest conservation value on the basis of species richness may therefore be sensitive to GIS data resolution.

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