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All data are spatial. Try to think of a piece of data that is not spatial, and we bet with a little more thought, you could come up with a spatial characteristic of those data! Perhaps the name of a historic figure? That name has a provenance … it was given in a particular place, and the person may have lived in one or more places, and moved about the surface of the Earth according to some pattern. And the name itself (if written) has a length measured in number of letters, and it has shapes and sizes that affect its perception by others, much like the spatial elements of a map communicate something to its audience.
From foraging patterns in a single tree to social interactions across a home range, how primates use space is a key question in the field of primate behavioral ecology. Drawing on the latest advances in spatial analysis tools, this book offers practical guidance on applying geographic information systems (GIS) to central questions in primatology. An initial methodological section discusses niche modelling, home range analysis and agent-based modelling, with a focus on remote data collection. Research-based chapters demonstrate how ecologists apply this technology to a suite of topics including: calculating the intensity of use of both range and travel routes, assessing the impacts of logging, mining and hunting, and informing conservation strategies.
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