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dc.contributor.authorRussell, Heather Renee
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-03T21:20:34Z
dc.date.available2014-03-03T21:20:34Z
dc.date.issued2004-05
dc.identifier.otherrussell_heather_r_200405_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/russell_heather_r_200405_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/21665
dc.description.abstractA geographic information system was used to design a habitat suitability model for the Gopher tortoise in Georgia. The Landcover Map of Georgia and SSURGO soil data are used to locate areas that possess the correct combination of landcover and soil type. The STATSGO data are examined to determine the feasibility of using these data in areas that do not currently have SSURGO data available; the data were found unsuitable as predictors of tortoise habitat. Measurements of percent canopy coverage are examined to assess the accuracy of the model without inclusion of this variable. Thirty percent of habitat deemed suitable by the model in a test area was found to have inappropriate canopy coverage. The model predicted 83 % of suitable habitat correctly when an accuracy assessment was performed using Georgia Natural Heritage Data. The results of this model are compared to those produced by the Georgia GAP Analysis Project.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectHabitat suitability model
dc.subjectgopher tortoise
dc.subjectgeographic information system
dc.subjectpercent canopy cover
dc.subjectconservation
dc.titleA habitat suitablity model for the Gopher tortoise
dc.title.alternativea geographic information systems approach
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentGeography
dc.description.majorGeography
dc.description.advisorKathleen C. Parker
dc.description.committeeKathleen C. Parker
dc.description.committeeLynn Usery
dc.description.committeeMarguerite Madden


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