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    Author(s): Melissa J. Merrick; John L. Koprowski; Craig Wilcox
    Date: 2013
    Source: In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Collins, Loa C. Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III and 7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts; 2012 May 1-5; Tucson, AZ. Proceedings. RMRS-P-67. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 389-395.
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    LiDAR (Light detection and ranging) is a tool with potential for characterizing wildlife habitat by providing detailed, three-dimensional landscape information not available from other remote sensing applications. The ability to accurately map structural components such as canopy height, canopy cover, woody debris, tree density, and ground surface has potential to improve wildlife habitat models because animals interact and respond to three-dimensional habitat features. Prior to LiDAR, accurate measurements of structural features were difficult to obtain over large areas as other remote sensing data are based on twodimensional spectral responses. The Southwest harbors a large diversity of unique vegetation communities, each with an associated wildlife assemblage with various management needs. Managers can use LiDAR to accurately characterize vegetation and landscape structural characteristics for entire districts or management units. Data surfaces derived from the LiDAR point cloud can be readily incorporated into species-specific or multispecies habitat models. Although LiDAR has received much attention in characterizing forest structure, fewer studies (n = 29) have suggested or incorporated this technology to improve wildlife habitat models specifically. Herein we provide a review of current LiDAR applications in wildlife habitat models, provide future directions, and detail how LiDAR can increase our ability to represent the world that animals experience.

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    Citation

    Merrick, Melissa J.; Koprowski, John L.; Wilcox, Craig. 2013. Into the third dimension: Benefits of incorporating LiDAR data in wildlife habitat models. In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Collins, Loa C. Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III and 7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts; 2012 May 1-5; Tucson, AZ. Proceedings. RMRS-P-67. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 389-395.

    Keywords

    Madrean Archipelago, Sky Islands, southwestern United States, northern Mexico, natural environment, fauna, flora, research, management, biodiversity, climate change

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