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Effects of cell sizes on resistance surfaces in GIS-based cost distance modeling for landscape analyses
Author(s): Wenbao Liu; Dongmei Chen; Neal A. Scott
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Paper Abstract

GIS-based cost distance modeling has been increasingly applied to evaluate habitat quality of existing landscapes and to test "what-if" scenarios for habitat restoration planning. The validity of the raster-based modeling tool is inevitably affected by the cell size of the modeling input. Such effects may be assessed at two levels: resistance and accumulated cost surfaces. This study assesses the resistance-level effects by scaling-up a base landscape at 25 m resolution with six aggregation approaches: the nearest-neighbor assignment, the bilinear interpolation, the cubic convolution, the BlockMajority, the BlockMean and the AggregateMean in ArcGISTM. The effects were measured by the difference between the aggregated and base resistance surfaces using the proposed measures: the mean absolute error, the mean squared error and the autocorrelation coefficient. The results showed that increasing aggregation sizes would generally increase the difference between the generated and the base resistance surfaces for all aggregations. Furthermore, the BlockMajority performed best in terms of the first two measures, whereas the BlockMean and AggregateMean performed best if judged by the third measure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 August 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6754, Geoinformatics 2007: Geospatial Information Technology and Applications, 67540K (7 August 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.764597
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Wenbao Liu, Queen's Univ. (Canada)
Dongmei Chen, Queen's Univ. (Canada)
Neal A. Scott, Queen's Univ. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6754:
Geoinformatics 2007: Geospatial Information Technology and Applications
Peng Gong; Yongxue Liu, Editor(s)

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