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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: January 2021

Introduction

from Part II - GIS Analysis in Fine-Scale Space

Summary

The chapters in Part II are intended to provide readers with examples of methods for using GIS to answer fine-scale questions in primate behavioral ecology. Much of the GIS analysis in the primate literature has focused on broad-scale geographic questions (i.e., habitat suitability for a particular primate species), with fine-scale analyses often restricted to home range analysis or daily path lengths. However, the increased accuracy, portability, and affordability of GPS in the past decade, particularly for use on collars (see Chapters 7 and 8), has greatly expanded the types of fine-scale questions that can be addressed with spatial analysis. Further, advances in remote sensing technology, including satellite imagery and LIDAR, have made extremely high-resolution topographical and habitat data much easier to obtain for primate studies. Unfortunately, primatologists are often unsure of how to maximize this technology in their research.

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