GIS methodologies for developing conservation strategies : tropical forest recovery and wildlife management in Costa Rica / Basil G. Savitsky and Thomas E. Lacher Jr., editors.

New York : Columbia University Press, 1998.
Biology and resource management in the tropics series.
Biology and Resource Management Series
1 online resource (269 p.)
Wildlife conservation -- Costa Rica -- Remote sensing.
Forest conservation -- Costa Rica -- Remote sensing.
Geographic information systems -- Costa Rica.
Digital mapping.
Electronic books.
Tropical habitats may contain more than a third of the world's plant and animal species; Costa Rica alone is home to one of the highest levels of biodiversity per unit area in the world, and stands at center stage in worldwide conservation efforts. Within such regions, the use of state-of-the-art digital mapping technologies-sophisticated techniques that are relatively inexpensive and accessible-represents the future of conservation planning and policy. These methods, which employ satellites to obtain visual data on landscapes, allow environmental scientists to monitor encroachment on indigenous territories, trace park boundaries through unmarked wilderness, and identify wildlife habitats in regions where humans have limited access.Focusing on the rich biodiversity of Costa Rica, the contributors 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 basic principles behind digital mapping technologies; a series of case studies using these technologies at a variety of scales and for a range of conservation and management activities; and the results of the Costa Rican gap analysis project. GIS Methodologies for Developing Conservation Strategies provides powerful tools for those involved in decision-making about the natural environment, particularly in developing nations like Costa Rica where such technologies have not yet been widely adopted. For specialists in such areas as geography, conservation biology, and wildlife and natural resource management, the combination of conceptual background and case examples make the book a crucial addition to the literature.
Foreword / Nations, James D.
Part One. Overview
1. The Spatial Nature of Conservation and Development / Lacher, Thomas E.
2. Conservation Mapping in Costa Rica / Vaughan, Christopher / Fallas, Jorge / McCoy, Michael
Part Two. Digital Mapping Technologies
3. Digital Mapping Technologies / Savitsky, Basil G.
4. GIS / Savitsky, Basil G.
5. Image Analysis / Savitsky, Basil G.
6. GPS / Allen, Jeffery S.
Part Three. Uses of GIS-Examples in Costa Rica
7. GIS Design and Implementation at La Selva Biological Station / Wentz, Elizabeth A. / Bishop, Joseph A.
8. Use of Digital Elevation Models in Tropical Rain Forest Basins to Extract Basic Hydrologic and Land Use Information / Sánchez-Azofeifa, G. Arturo
9. Using a GIS to Determine Critical Areas in the Central Volcanic Cordillera Conservation Area / Leclerc, Grégoire / Chacón, Johnny Rodriguez
10. Application of the HEP Methodology and Use of GIS to Identify Priority Sites for the Management of White-Tailed Deer / López, Wilfredo Segura
11. The Paseo Pantera Project: A Case Study Using GIS to Improve Continental-Scale Conservation Planning / Lambert, J. David / Carr, Margaret H.
Part Four. The USAID Case Study in Gap Analysis
12. Overview of Gap Analysis / Savitsky, Basil G.
13. Wildlife and Habitat Data Collection and Analysis / Savitsky, Basil G. / Fallas, Jorge / Vaughan, Christopher / Lacher, Thomas E.
14. Error and the Gap Analysis Model / Morgan, Jennifer N. / Savitsky, Basil G.
15. A GIS Method for Conservation Decision Making / Savitsky, Basil G. / Lacher, Thomas E.
16. Using the Gap Analysis Model for Sustainable Development and Natural Resources Management in Developing Countries / Lacher, Thomas E.
17. Application of the Gap Analysis Model in Regional and International Programs in the Tropics / Lacher, Thomas E. / Burnett, G. Wesley / Savitsky, Basil G. / Vaughan, Christopher
Appendix 1. GPS Receivers with GIS Capability
Appendix 2. Ordering Information for Map of the Habitats of Costa Rica
Appendix 3. Description of the Twenty-one Wildlife Species
Appendix 4. Summary of Wildlife Survey
Appendix 5. List of Participants at UNA/USAID GIS Workshop (March 6-8, 1995)
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Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters and index.
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Lacher, Thomas E., editor.
Savitsky, Basil G., editor.
Publisher Number:
10.7312/savi10026 doi
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