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GIS Methodologies for Developing Conservation Strategies: Tropical Forest Recovery and Wildlife Management in Costa Rica

Series: Biology and Resource Management

Edited By: Basil G Savitsky and Thomas E Lacher Jr

242 pages, 4 col plates, figs, tabs, maps

Columbia University Press

Hardback | May 1998 | #75852 | ISBN: 0231100264
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Focusing on the rich biodiversity of Costa Rica, the contributors of this book demonstrate the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to enhance conservation efforts. They give an overview of the spatial nature of conservation and management and the current status of digital mapping in Costa Rica; a review of the principles behind digital mapping technologies; a series of case studies using these technologies; and the results of the Costa Rican gap analysis project.

A cutting-edge contribution to the use of remote sensing and gap analysis to conservation problems on a broad scale and a benchmark for application of similar methodologies to tropical conservation throughout the world.


OverviewThe Spatial Nature of Conservation and Development, by Thomas Lacher Jr.Conservation Mapping in Costa Rica, by Christopher Vaughan, Jorge Fallas, and Michael McCoyDigital Mapping TechnologiesDigital Mapping Technologies, by Basil SavitskyGIS, by Basil SavitskyImage Analysis, by Basil SavitskyGPS, by Jeffery AllenUses of GIS----Examples in Costa RicaGIS Design and Implementation at La Selva Biological Station, by Elizabeth Wentz and Joseph BishopUse of Digital Elevation Models in Tropical Rain Forest Basins to Extract Basic Hydrologic and Land Use Information, by G. Arturo Sanchez-AzifeifaUsing a GIS to Determine Critical Areas in the Central Volcanic Cordillera Conservation Area, by Gregoire Leclerc and Johnny Rodriguez ChaconApplication of the HEP Methodology and Use of GIS to Improve Continental-Scale Conservation Planning, by J. David Lambert and Margaret H. CarrThe USAID Case Study in Gap AnalysisOverview of Gap Analysis, by Basil SavitskyWildlife and Habitat Data Collection and Analysis, by Basil Savitsky, Jorge Fallas Christopher Vaughan, and Thomas Lacher Jr.Error and the Gap Analysis Model, by Jennifer N. Morgan and Basil SavitskyA GIS Method for Conservation Decision Making, by Basil Savitsky and Thomas Lacher Jr.Using the Gap Analysis Model for Sustainable Development and Natural Resources Management in Developing Countries, by Thomas Lacher Jr.Application of the Gap Analysis Model in Regional and International Programs in the Tropics, by Thomas Lacher Jr., G. Wesley Burnett, Basil Savitsky, and Christopher Vaughan

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Basil G. Savitsky is assistant professor in the Graduate School of Geography and coordinator of the M.A. program in GIS and International Development at Clark University.Thomas E. Lacher Jr. is professor and Caesar Kleberg Chair in Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A & M University. Formerly the director of the Archbold Tropical Research Center at Clemson University (1989-1996), he is the coauthor, with R. J. Kendall, of Wildlife Toxicology and Population Modeling: Integrated Studies of Agroecosystems.

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