Using lidar to quantify and evaluate shade heterogeneity in potential habitats of the endangered Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis)

Authors: Brandyn Balch*, West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV, Timothy Warner, West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV, Nicholas Skowronski, West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV
Topics: Remote Sensing, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: lidar, conservation, conservation planning, gis, habitat modeling, endangered species, landscape ecology
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 3:55 PM / 5:35 PM
Room: 8229, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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A critical aspect of conservation planning is the evaluation of the extent to which ecological requirements are being met in a given landscape. Over the past several decades, advances in remote sensing technology have allowed for the quantification and evaluation of environmental variables across increasingly broad geographic extents and at fine spatial resolutions. Airborne light detection and ranging (lidar) has proven particularly useful in evaluating components of habitat structure, such as canopy heterogeneity. This case study investigates how lidar improves our evaluation, understanding, and management of canopy heterogeneity as a critical component of the endangered Karner blue butterfly's (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) habitat in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve of upstate New York.

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