Geospatial analysis for conservation: Applications with open-source software in the Natural Parks of Barcelona

Agustin Lobo, Francesc Ara, Francesc Baró, Carlos Camino

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Abstract

We describe some applications of geospatial analysis in which open-source software has been prevalent, with the aim of presenting examples of operational use and discussing past and current limitations. The examples are extracted from a sequence of projects carried out in Natural Parks of the Province of Barcelona (Catalonia, NE Spain), including the use of calibrated satellite vegetation index to monitor recovery after fire, multi-criteria analysis to rank abandoned fields for restoration, generalization of vegetation maps using a double-criteria hierarchical clustering, and planning and initial evaluation of aerial campaigns with a small remote-controlled aerial vehicle. Our use of open-source software steadily increased through this sequence of projects, with the R language and environment for statistical computing occupying a central position in our set of tools, but our applications also made use of proprietary software. © Società Italiana di Fotogrammetria e Topografia (SIFET) 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-122
JournalApplied Geomatics
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Fire
  • GIS
  • Multi-criteria
  • Remote sensing
  • Satellite
  • UAV

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