JGIS  Vol.2 No.3 , July 2010
Contribution of Topographically Explicit Descriptors of Landscape Measures for Application in the Vector Data Environment
Author(s) Jomaa Ihab, Auda Yves
ABSTRACT
Digital terrain models (DTMs) are not commonly used to integrate for landscape spatial analysis. Two dimensional patchcorridormatrix models are prototypes in landscape spatial ecology analysis. Previous studies have motivated ecologists to integrate terrain models in landscape analysis through 1) adjusting areas and distance calculations prior computing landscape indices; 2) designing new indices to capture topography and 3) searching the possible relationship between topographic characteristics and vegetation patterns. This study presents new indices called Relative number of Topographic Faces (RTF) and Simplicity of topographic Faces (STF) that can be easily computed in a GIS environment, capturing topographical features of landscapes. Digital terrain model was first prepared and topographic units were extracted and installed in computing the suggested indices. Mountainous and rugged topography in Lebanon was chosen on a forested landscape for the purpose of this study. The indices were useful in monitoring changes of topographic features on patch and landscape level. Both indices are ecologically useful if integrated in landscape pattern analysis, especially in areas of rugged terrains.

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nullJ. Ihab and A. Yves, "Contribution of Topographically Explicit Descriptors of Landscape Measures for Application in the Vector Data Environment," Journal of Geographic Information System, Vol. 2 No. 3, 2010, pp. 163-168. doi: 10.4236/jgis.2010.23023.
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