Disturbance Mapping for Evaluating Conservation Corridors
Authors: Steven Cully, Naicong Li, Nathan Strout
For threatened species, conserving corridors among critical habitat areas may be essential for population recovery. We present work using ArcGIS Online and spatial analytical tools in ArcMap 10.2 to 1) map human disturbance in potential corridor areas, and 2) use this to assess fragmentation in corridors connecting critical habitat for the threatened Mojave desert tortoise. This work is informing plans for species recovery as well as site location for alternative energy developments.