Mapping deer habitat suitability using remote sensing and geographic information systems
This paper describes an effort to map the habitat for the Eastern Tehama Deer Herd located in Northern California. The range of this herd encompasses almost 600,000 hectares (1.5 million acres). Knowledge of the spatial distribution of suitable habitat is prerequisite to managing the deer herd. Remote sensing and GIS are appropriate tools for such an assessment. Remotely sensed data were used to map vegetation/land cover. These data along with elevation, aspect, slope, juxtaposition, and various buffer zones were input into a GIS and a model was used to produce a map of habitat suitability. The accuracy of the vegetation/land cover map was assessed and methods for validating the habitat suitability map are presented.
Natural Resources and the Environment
Taylor & Francis
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Congalton, R., J. Stenback, and R. Barrett. 1993. Mapping deer habitat suitability using remote sensing and GIS. Geocarto International. Vol. 8. No. 3. pp. 23-33.