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A460/BIOL 586
Assignment 1

Spring 2003

Due: 1:45pm EST, Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Assignment details

Select five books or articles from your field of interest that use GIS as the primary analysis tool. No more than one source can be authored by one or more IPFW faculty members. Properly cite each reference and provide a annotated paragraph detailing:

  1. The source of their spatial data
  2. The nature of their non-spatial data
  3. Themes used, if applicable
  4. Statistics used, if applicable
  5. Study's conclusion

Example: (obviously this CAN'T be used!)

Bian, L. and E. West, 1997. GIS Modeling of Elk Calving Habitat in a Prairie Environment with Statistics. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing. 63(2):161-167.

A suitability analysis of elk calving habitat in the Cimarron National Grassland in southwestern Kansas, this study uses both GIS and statistics to develop a statistical model to relate the process of elk calving to habitat variables and to map the probability of calving habitat that occurred in the study area. Data themes include elk activities, biophysical habitat factors, and anthropogenic factors. The anthropogenic landuse is identified as roads, oils and gas wells, seep pits, and windmills. The outcome of the study is a predictive model that combines statistics with GIS to assess the probability of elk calving habitat. Two key types of habitat are found to be critical in affecting the spatial distribution of calving habitat: (1) primary land cover types formed the basis for elk habitat, (2) anthrophogenic factors that further modified the calving habitat are roads and water supply facilities. The model indicates that cottonwood and salt cedar communities provide important cover and food for calving elk. Also proximity to seep pits and water sources is significant for calving habitat.

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