Sensitivity of wildlife habitat models to uncertainties in GIS data

TitleSensitivity of wildlife habitat models to uncertainties in GIS data
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsStoms, DM, Davis, FW, Cogan, CB
JournalPhotogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Date Published1992
Keywordshabitat suitability, sensitivity analysis

Decision makers need to know the reliability of output products from GIS analysis. For many GIS applications, it is not possible to compare these products to an independent measure of "truth." Sensitivity analysis offers an alternative means of estimating reliability. In this paper, we present a GIS-based statistical procedure for estimating the sensitivity of wildlife habitat models to uncertainties in input data and model assumptions. The approach is demonstrated in an analysis of habitat associations derived from a GIS database for the endangered California condor. Alternative data sets were generated to compare results over a reasonable range of assumptions about several sources of uncertainty. Sensitivity analysis indicated that condor habitat associations are relatively robust, and the results have increased our confidence in our initial findings. Uncertainties and methods described in the paper have general relevance for many GIS applications.

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