Site Suitability Analysis
With this problem, the relocation of black bears within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park had to be performed in order to not only deter bear-human interaction, but also identify the ideal bear relocation sites based on vegetation, slope and proximity to streams, roads and trails. The solution should reflect 3 different kind of relocation sites: Most Favorable, Favorable, and Least Favorable.
For analyses like this, creating a model is very practical, but difficult to construct because we had to really think about order of processes. In the end is wasn't as hard as it was daunting trying to come up with a viable model. The first approach involved getting the data in the correct raster format because we were dealing with slope. The slope tool was used to achieve slope values from the digital elevation of the data. Since distance from streams, roads and trails was also needed, the euclidean distance tool was used to delineate these variables. Now that the data was available, I had to reclassify it so that a common range to correspond with 'Most favorable,' 'Favorable,' and 'Least Favorable.'
The model after it has been run. The blue ovals are the inputs, the yellow rectangles are the tools and the green ovals are the outputs.
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