How to do Binary and Weighted habitat suitability analysis

A complete, step-by-step guide for ecological researchers. Great way to get started with GIS analysis in ecology.
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Excited about spatial ecology? This course is a great place to get you started. Learn how to use the amazing power of GIS in ecological research. This course is designed to provide conservation scientists with essential skills to perform habitat suitability analysis for any species. With background lectures and step-by-step demonstrations in ArcGIS, you will learn how to create a Binary as well as a Weighted suitability analysis. The course makes use of video lectures, notes and exercises using real-world data to assess habitat suitability for the Jaguar in South America.

What will I learn from the course

  • The difference between binary and weighted habitat suitability mapping
  • How to create a toolbox, models and organize data in ArcGIS prior to analysis
  • How to use the ModelBuilder in ArcGIS to automate your analysis
  • How to decide on an analysis approach that meets your requirements
  • How to build a binary habitat suitability model
  • How to build a weighted habitat suitability model

What's in the package for you?

  • Practical case studies
  • Readily available support to respond to any questions
  • Complete explanation of the concepts and theory of binary and weighted suitability analysis before any practical work
  • Exercise files to follow along
  • ArcGIS toolbox containing the complete working projects

What are the requirements?

  • Working knowledge of windows computers will be useful. Any prior experience with ArcGIS, its toolboxes and ModelBuilder will be helpful but not a requirement. Also, basic knowledge of GIS data models (rasters and vectors) will be helpful.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Differentiate between Binary and Weighted Habitat Suitability Analysis
  • Decide on what kind of analysis will meet the requirements of their own projects
  • Build complete working models in ArcGIS to generate Binary Suitability Analysis
  • Build complete working models in ArcGIS to generate Weighted Suitability Analysis
  • Use toolboxes in ArcGIS and manage workspaces within ArcGIS for a clean model
  • Evaluate habitat suitability for any species of their own interest

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for EVERYONE who is interested in ecological research and who would want to implement powerful spatial analysis to their daily work. It addresses suitability mapping at the basic to intermediary level. Therefore beginners in spatial ecology are encouraged to take it.

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Section 1: Course Introduction
What this course covers
How to get a copy of ArcGIS
2 pages
Questions asked by ecologists
Habitat Suitability Analysis versus Species Distribution Modeling
1 page
What we will produce in the course
1 page
3 questions

This quiz will test your background and knowledge of basic concepts.

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Section 2: Binary Habitat Suitability Analysis
What is Binary Habitat Suitability Analysis?
How the Binary Suitability Analysis technique works
Binary suitability analysis for the Jaguar in S. America I
Binary suitability analysis for the Jaguar in S. America II
Binary Suitability Analysis for the Jaguar in S.America III
Section 3: Weighted Habitat Suitability Analysis
The concept of weighted habitat suitability analysis
Weighted Suitability Analysis for the Jaguar in S. America I
Weighted Suitability Analysis for the Jaguar in S. America II
Weighted Suitability Analysis for the Jaguar in S. America III
What do you know about Suitability Analysis?
3 questions
Section 4: Analysis polishing and final notes
Make the finals models realistic
Valuable sources of GIS Data for ecological research
1 page

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Instructor Biography

Neba Funwi-gabga, Database / GIS Specialist

I'm a professionally trained database developer, administrator and a Spatial Ecologist. My work experience spans multiple disciplines, including developing and maintaining databases for nonprofit organizations, performing data science tasks for research institutions, doing extensive data mining in the Oil and gas sector as well as spatial ecology. With over 10 years of experience, I currently coordinate database development for one of Canada's biggest nonprofit organizations. If you need services in oracle, PLSQL, TSQL, Python geospatial scripting or R programming, talk to me!!

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